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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:28:38 AM mt

New Stakes and Stake Presidencies Announced in April 2017



LIMA PERU PUENTE PIEDRA STAKE (February 26, 2017): PresidentJose Ysmael Morales Rojas, 35, manager, MR Contractor SAC; succeeding Aquije Lopez; wife, Roxana Norma Garma Castillo. CounselorsDaniel Salvador Cahua Salazar, 50, archives assistant, Crosland Logistics SAC; wife, Mara Noemi Valverde Fernandez. Wilson David Sanchez Manayay, 35, technical support, P. Piedra Municipality; wife, Roxana Edith Moreno Quiroz.ST. PAUL MINNESOTA STAKE (February 26, 2017): PresidentDavid Stewart Pattberg, 42, chief financing officer, Centra Homes LLC.; succeeding Kenton L. Baker Sr.; wife, Allison Pattberg. CounselorsKeith Campbell Johnson, 48, executive director of global services, Sealed Air; wife, Shannon Arbuckle Johnson. Jonathan Thomas Holt, 37, manager of commercial operations, Boston Scientific Corp.; wife, Christy Atwood Holt.LAIE HAWAII MARRIED STUDENT STAKE (March 5, 2017): PresidentSteven Wayne Tueller, 55, budget, human resources, and athletics managing director, BYUHawaii; succeeding P. Alfred Grace; wife, Laurie Sue Pieper Tueller. CounselorsMaurice Teahi Moo, 46, admissions officer, BYUHawaii; wife, Mamao Hefolau Haunga Moo. David Ronald Bybee, 47, associate professor, BYUHawaii; wife, Juanita Herenui Alvarez Bybee.AMMON IDAHO EAST STAKE (February 19, 2017): PresidentFredrick Grant Pieper, 51, audit director, Battelle Energy Alliance; wife, MayRee Edwards Pieper. CounselorsMichael Aldon Tall, 59, dentist; wife, Jennifer Lynn Connell Tall. Eric David Velasquez, 35, financial adviser; wife, Misty Dawn Zaugg Velasquez.LEBANON OREGON STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentLee Raymond Weber, 51, vice president of operations, ATI Metals Inc.; succeeding Jason S. Carlile; wife, Kellie Lynn Beus Weber. CounselorsKevin Clarke Harding, 48, manager, Hewlett Packard; wife, Christin Michelle Caswell Harding. Douglas Robert Marteeny, 45, district attorney; wife, Elizabeth Jeanne Rutherford Marteeny.PROVO UTAH YSA 2ND STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentBrett Paul Thomas, 61, assistant director of financial administration, BYU School of Music; succeeding Blaine K. Stratton; wife, Elizabeth Liz Anne Monson Thomas. CounselorsStephen Dale Trumbo, 56, owner, Noahs; wife, Carolina Iglesisas Trumbo. Karl B. Clegg, 57, vice president of sales, Wealth Counsel; wife, Julee Lynn Hartshorn Clegg.KEARNS UTAH SOUTH STAKE (February 4, 2017): PresidentMichael Chris Parkinson, 53, employment counselor; succeeding Daniel L. Kension; wife, Suzette Kilgrow Parkinson. CounselorsMichael Scott Tabish, 66, project manager, CBRE; wife, Linda Stevenson Tabish. Kevin James Sweat, 56, sales, Urban Beauty Systems; wife, Sabina Antoniette Salvadore Sweat.Reorganized StakesTORRANCE CALIFORNIA NORTH STAKE (February 19, 2017): PresidentKent Chase Carter, 58, president, Carter Services; succeeding David G. Hales; wife, Cheryl Jane Hacket Carter. CounselorsThomas Creighton Hansen, 56, owner, Auto Interior Restoration; wife, Jeanne Corraine Cornelius Hansen. Johnathan Daryl Brandon, 38, regional sales manager, Bayer; wife, Mackenzie Beck Brandon.COUNCIL BLUFFS IOWA STAKE (January 28, 2017): PresidentTimothy Paul Jacob, 38, partner, Bygenix, LLC.; succeeding David H. Edwards; wife, Taffy Linnea Smart Jacob. CounselorsDale Dean Rowse, 65, project manager, U.S. Air Force; wife, Carolyn Lee Fenton Rowse. Jeffrey Edward Hawkins, 30, business manager, Union Pacific Railroad; wife, Angela Pesmann Hawkins.MEEKER COLORADO STAKE (February 26, 2017): PresidentDouglas Edward Kennedy, 46, president, Kennedy & Associates; succeeding Curtis B. Ercanbrack; wife, Christine Banner Kennedy. CounselorsLarry Brian Ellgen, 50, owner, Lazy E Transport; wife, Lynae Robinson Ellgen. Audie Robert Williams, 54, owner, Double J Contracting; wife, Kaye Elaine McDowell Williams.New StakesSANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentPeter Kern Haws, 52, high school vice principal; succeeding D. Scott Houston; wife, Gretchen Lee Haws. CounselorsWilliam Houtz Heath, 54, dentist; wife, Rebecca Ellen Rausten Heath. Robert Merrill Ruth, 53, orthopedic hand surgeon; wife, Andria Jane Barnes Ruth.HOUSTON TEXAS BEAR CREEK STAKE (February 26, 2017): PresidentScott H. Welch, 54, attorney; succeeding John W. Allen; wife, Laura Jean Lyon Welch. CounselorsDavid Ray Hansen, 66, senior vice president and chief administration officer, Westlake Chemical Corp.; wife, R. Lisa Lawrence Hansen. Michael Earl Dailey, 43, vice president and general counsel, Air Liquide; wife, Leah Vail Dailey.OREM UTAH YSA 1ST STAKE (March 5, 2017): PresidentSteven Earl Call, 55, director of business development, Acumen Learning; succeeding Robert P. Shippen; wife, Sue Ellen Parkinson Call. CounselorsBruce LeRay McAllister, 58, owner/partner, Taipan Trading; wife, Debra Lynne Heaps McAllister. Troy Lane Monney, 52, chief operating officer, Maritz CX; wife, Tracy Lee Clary Monney.MIDVALE UTAH UNION PARK STAKE (January 21, 2017): PresidentDonald Grant McIllece, 38, senior vice president, Jewelry Innovations; succeeding Richard B. Allred; wife, Lena Leilani Glauser McIllece. CounselorsGeorge Kendall Mathis, 64, development officer, Hunstman Cancer Foundation; wife, Susan Jean Anderson Mathis. John Albert Dallimore, 52, program manager, Orbital ATK; wife, Kimberly Curtis Dallimore.OREM UTAH YSA 2ND STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentMichael Edward May, 61, district athletic director, Alpine School District; succeeding John G. Lant; wife, Carol Leslie Glazier May. CounselorsMichael Lee Kezerian, 60, distribution services employee; wife, Sarah Peterson Kezerian. David R Wright, 59, senior director of contracts, Telogis Inc.; wife, Cheri Lynn Christiansen Wright.A new stake has been created from the Kalispell Montana and the Missoula Montana Stakes. The Frenchtown Montana Stake, which consists of the Plains, Superior, and Thomason Branches and the Frenchtown, Missoula 4th, Polson, Ronan, and St. Ignatius Wards, was created by Elder J. Devn Cornish, General Authority Seventy, and Elder James E. Evanson, an Area Seventy.PLEASANT GROVE UTAH TIMPANOGOS STAKE (January 15, 2017): PresidentCabe Kimball Atkinson, 41, president, Shumway Insurance Group; succeeding Steven G. Allred; wife, Jana Michelle Shumway Atkinson. CounselorsRussell Lynn Johnson, 48, human resource technician, Utah Army National Guard; wife, Rebecca Lynn Anderson Johnson. Matthew Phil Shumway, 59, sales director, Inside Insurance; wife, Rebecca Sue Martell Shumway.REXBURG IDAHO YSA 6TH STAKE (February 26, 2017): PresidentMichael Byram Thueson, 50, director of purchasing and travel, BYUIdaho; succeeding Rudy B. Puzey; wife, Soni Dee Hathaway Thueson. CounselorsMarc Douglas Fonnesbeck, 47, CEO, Idaho AgCredit; wife, Shelly Ann Williamson Fonnesbeck. Kyle Richard Martin, 46, registrar, BYUIdaho; wife, Alisha Dayley Martin.TIERRA BLANCA MEXICO STAKE (January 22, 2017): PresidentJose Manuel Diaz Morales, 37, business owner; succeeding Federico Gallegos Zetina; wife, Gladys Berenice Sosa Trujillo Morales. CounselorsBalderas Israel Morfin, 40, laborer, Bio-Pappel; wife, Adriana Jose Flores Morfin. Jose Francisco Malpica Salomon, 39, basketball coach and business owner; wife, Blanca Miriam Diaz Montes Salomon.MERIDIAN IDAHO SETTLERS PARK STAKE (February 26, 2017): PresidentGary Lee Ashby, 49, managing engineer, Forsgren Associates; succeeding Stephen P. Henneman; wife, Jennifer Jensen. CounselorsGuan Chiong Teh, 62, pathology supervisor; wife, Marion Calge Eng Teh. Gregory Allan Borup, 41, director of financial planning, CTI Foods; wife, Jaylene Marie Pyfer Borup.WHANGAREI NEW ZEALAND STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentRonald Kahiona Reti, 57, building control officer, Whangarei District Council; succeeding Anthony O. Poutu; wife, Petrina Daphne Wihongi Reti. CounselorsHarris Brandt Shortland, 55, deputy chief coroner; wife, Moana Shortland. Ian Maurice Anderson, 56, mechanic; wife, Kathy Lay Muay Ong Anderson.AFTON WYOMING STAKE (January 28, 2017): PresidentScott Curtis Milne, 48, teacher; succeeding Mark W. Taylor; wife, Tracy Blackburn Milne. CounselorsJefferson Hud England, 45, CFO, Silver Star Communications; wife, Cynthia Mae Longmore England. Larry C. Lancaster, 58, water operator, Town of Afton; wife, Venice Dee Miles Lancaster.BINALBAGAN PHILIPPINES STAKE (March 5, 2017): PresidentGeorge Salde Servano, 47, labor contractor; succeeding Ronald V. Antonio; wife, Marilene Duco Valdez Servano. CounselorsAntonio Nobleza Edral Jr., 42, co-owner, ABY Services; wife, Anna Liza Young Tababa Edral. Adonis T. Mediado, 46, teacher; wife, Helen Gellecarsad Electerio Mediado.CALGARY ALBERTA CONFEDERATION PARK STAKE (January 28, 2017): PresidentRandy Eugene Lonsdale, 57, senior legal counsel, Shell Canada Limited; succeeding Wallace C. Dudley; wife, Linda Mendenhall Lonsdale. CounselorsKevin Lloyd Zemp, 50, managing attorney, Zemp Law Group; wife, Jeannette Richards Zemp. Cory Donald Fisk, 45, self-employed; wife, Carrilyn Mae Steil Fisk.SAN MATEO CALIFORNIA STAKE (February 2, 2017): PresidentTimothy Alfred Fewkes II, 42, founder, EverOps; succeeding Pui Yan Kwok; wife, Lindsey McBride Karen Fewkes. CounselorsRobert Lynn Roden, 57, senior director, Gilead Sciences; wife, Annette Christensen Roden. Timothy Bryan Fellars, 48, state park ranger; wife, Kirstin Elise Ballentine Fellars.WILLIAMSPORT PENNSYLVANIA STAKE (March 5, 2017): PresidentRobert Reginald Snowden, 42, radiologist; succeeding Michael V. Hoffman; wife, Cheyenne Spring Rawls Snowden. CounselorsSam Alyn Balukoff, 32, hospital administrator, Geisinger; wife, Alisha Beth Hegerhorst Balukoff. Daniel J Buynak, 59, owner-operator, Buynak Construction; wife, Gloria Ann Owens Buynak.A new stake has been created from the Ammon Idaho Foothills, Iona Idaho South, and Iona Idaho Stakes. The Ammon Idaho East Stake, which consists of the Ammon 12th, Ammon 17th, Ammon 22nd, Ammon 29th, Ammon 32nd, Iona 4th, and Iona 8th Wards, was created by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Bradford C. Bowen, an Area Seventy.IVINS UTAH STAKE (February 19, 2017): PresidentKevin Martin Smith, 49, CEO, Tuacahn Center for the Arts; succeeding Daniel S. Robinson; wife, Rebecca Savage Smith. CounselorsBrett Trenton Muse, 51, physician; wife, Diane Wolfe Muse. Dennis Smith Mehr, 45, healthcare administrator, IHC Health Services; wife, Stacie Jo Harker Mehr.PROVO UTAH YSA 4TH STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentScott Ronald Petersen, 58, CEO, OMADI; succeeding Tracy T. Ward; wife, Marilyn Jean Hobbs Petersen. CounselorsEvan Lee Perry, 61, dentist; wife, Kathryn Gardner Perry. Dee Lon Jones, 57, shareholder/director, AgriSource; wife, Bonnie Coltrin Jones.OAKLEY IDAHO STAKE (February 19, 2017): PresidentLaVel Deloss Stoker, 59, farmer; succeeding David J. Pickett; wife, Wendy Wade Stoker. CounselorsDavid Shane Beck, 50, owner/manager, David Beck & Sons; wife, Toini Katriina Ames Beck. William Scott Arnell, 48, environmental health specialist; wife, Breana Leanne Short Arnell.FRENCHTOWN MONTANA STAKE (February 26, 2017): PresidentAdam Terrell Smith, 42, chief physician executive; wife, Tyana Jo Spaulding Smith. CounselorsJustin Abell Dilworth, 55, driver, UPS; wife, Marsha Butterfield Dilworth. Bryan Jennings Brown, IT coordinator; wife, Leah Ladora Erath Brown.REXBURG IDAHO YSA 5TH STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentPeter Christofferson, 43, lawyer; succeeding Allan M. Walberg; wife, Brenda Marie Groberg Christofferson. CounselorsBrett Warren Wright, 58, CEO, Renaissance Senior Care; wife, Barbara Kay Bean Wright. Mark Daniel Bennion, 45, faculty, BYUIdaho; wife, Kristine Karen Rios Bennion.RIVERTON WYOMING STAKE (January 28, 2017): PresidentVince Charles Irene, 53, chiropractor; succeeding Scott E. Phister; wife, Deborah Ann Drake Irene. CounselorsRichard Fernand Fagnant, 62, owner and CPA, Fagnant, Lewis & Brinda; wife, Laura Lee Welling Fagnant. Steven Randall Cooper, 54, business owner, real estate investor; wife, Kari Aleen Wilkes Cooper.COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS UTAH BRIGHTON STAKE (February 19, 2017): PresidentKent L. Thomas, 61, founder and CEO, Advanced CFO Solutions; succeeding David E. Stringham; wife, Kim Ericson Thomas. CounselorsSteven Louis Timm, 57, president, United Precision Machine; wife, Amy Nelson Warner Timm. Ryan Andrew Martin, 39, vice president, Key Bank; wife, Jenny Rebecca Fenton Martin.MESA ARIZONA SALT RIVER STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentGrif Cardon Hiatt, 39, CFO, Cardon Hiatt/Cardon Bowden; succeeding Bert L. Whimpey; wife, Brittny Erin Skidmore Hiatt. CounselorsDavid Lawrence Johnson, 54, attorney; wife, Tiffanie Lyn Lansing Johnson. Jason Kunane Enos, 45, IC layout designer; wife, Julie Wilson Enos.MATAMOROS MEXICO STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentEmmanuel Garcia, 38, judicial analyst; succeeding Jesus Ricardo Cepeda Martinez; wife, Herlinda Trevio de Leon. CounselorsMiguel Angel Garza Gonzalez, 45, businessman; wife, Blanca Rocio Escobedo Urrecha. Angel David Sanchez Zamudio, 35, operations specialist, Comego; wife, Sandra Cruz Avia.TEGUCIGALPA HONDURAS LA ESPERANZA STAKE (February 26, 2017): PresidentNorman Alexander Pineda Carbajal, 42, technical manager, Ficohsa; succeeding Favio M. Duran Almendarez; wife, Carolina de la O Alonzo Pineda. CounselorsJos Marin Lovo Orellana, 48, business owner; wife, Mirna Lorena Maradiaga Lovo. Wilfredo Bertrand Crdova, 27, traffic coordinator, IMC; wife, Cinthia Fabiola Maradiaga Bertrand.BALANGA PHILIPPINES STAKE (March 5, 2017): PresidentGil Nio Lapuz Escalona, 39, businessman; succeeding Elmer Y. Baluyot; wife, Medilyn Manuyac Apostol. CounselorsConrado Balbag Bumagat, 46, dormitory manager, Bataan Peninsula State; wife, Virginia Pegolio Lescano Bumagat. Obryan Galang Vianzon, 41, proprietor; wive, Nancy Vitacion Solis.CUIAB BRAZIL INDUSTRIRIO STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentGiovani Jesus de Carvalho, 32, business owner; succeeding Ivanecir da Silva Barboza; wife, Milene Gabriela Winck de Carvalho. CounselorsDevlin Ricardo da Silva Bezerra, 32, partner, Conrisa; wife, Karoline Fernandes Barbosa Bezerra. Paulo Roberto de Sousa Freitas Filho, 35, professor; wife, Elaine Lira Nascimento Freitas.DELTA UTAH WEST STAKE (February 19, 2017): PresidentFred W Tasker, 63, training technician, IPSC; succeeding Theodore R. Rempp; wife, Nancy Jo Throckmorton Tasker. CounselorsDaniel M Johnson, 63, farmer; wife, Lori Mae Cooley Johnson. Kevin Don Morris, 60, maintenance supervisor, Millard County; wife, Katherine Elizabeth Dafoe Morris.PASAY PHILIPPINES STAKE (January 29, 2017): PresidentBryan Gomez Borela, 40, international sales assistant director, SM Development Corp.; succeeding Gerardo A. Tongco; wife, Johanna Eliza Clair Te Borela. CounselorsRudyard Pangan Buscato, 40, finance manager, LDS Church; wife, Caris Bele Marie Moron Jevilla Buscato. Joshua Dongito Rifareal, 32, architect; wife, Ladie Gail Gallardo Canoy.MONMOUTH OREGON STAKE (February 4, 2017): PresidentBrian Gregory Moore, 40, director of real estate development, Mountain West Investment Corperation; succeeding Dana B. Petersen; wife, Hailey Anne Curtis Moore. CounselorsJeff Dean White, 55, CFO, Marion County; wife, Tacee Marie Law White. Kurt Marshall Woolner, 46, Spanish teacher; wife, Kristilyn Shelton Woolner.ROCHESTER NEW YORK STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentTate L Tischner, 42, lawyer; succeeding John C. Howell; wife, Nancy Jeanne Nelson Tischner. CounselorsDaniel L. Kimbler, 61, systems analyst, Eastman Kodak; wife, Karen Lee Foster Kimbler. Cory Dee Boyer, 48, imaging account manager, GE Healthcare; wife, Christina Christy Carolyn Smith Boyer.REXBURG IDAHO YSA 8TH STAKE (January 22, 2017): PresidentKelly Tueller Burgener, 55, associate vice president, BYUIdaho; succeeding Gregory G. Palmer; wife, Elizabeth Wilkes Burgener. CounselorsRoger Leon Prestwich, 53, senior engineering director; wife, Marilyn Whitney Prestwich. Robert Wayne Broulim, 50, president, Broulims Supermarkets; wife, Jennifer Irene Elliot Broulim.SALT LAKE MARRIED STUDENT STAKE (March 5, 2017): PresidentR. Pepper Murray, 58, orthopedic surgeon; succeeding Paul M. Durham; wife, Rachelle Thorley Murray. CounselorsSteven Michael Rhondeau, 55, physician; wife, Susan Elizabeth Hurst Rhondeau. Gregory S. Brinton, 66, retina/vitreous specialist, Retina Association of Utah; wife, Sally Peterson Brinton.HENDERSON NEVADA LAKE MEAD STAKE (February 4, 2017): PresidentJames Joseph Cavalieri III, 63, fire chief, retired; succeeding Curtis A Steadman; wife, Loren Irons Cavalieri. CounselorsLonney J. Robbins, 50, mechanic; wife, Julie Edith Haynes Robbins. Stanton William Southwick, 60, landscape architect; wife, Jill Williamsen Southwick.BELLEVUE WASHINGTON SOUTH STAKE (March 12, 2017): PresidentJason Christopher Penrose Jarman, 42, president, Rainier Custom Homes; succeeding Robert C. Johnson; wife, Heidi Haderlie Jarman. CounselorsKenneth Charles Krivanec, 52, president, Quadrant Homes; wife, Kay Cahoon Krivanec. Matthew Cannon Smith, 43, senior vice president, Re-Solutions; wife, Heather Lynn Smith.PACHUCA MEXICO SOUTH STAKE (March 5, 2017): PresidentVictor Venegas Gutierrez, 38, sub-director, Actinver; succeeding Jos Ral Serrano Cruz; wife, Eloisa Arlette Ortiz Hernandez. CounselorsRuben Dario Gomez Pantoja, 51, finance manager, LDS Church; wife, Maria Teresa Arellano Soto. Enriquez Vazquez Ildefonso, 39, head of maintenance, State of Mexico; wife, Perla Isabel Ruiz Alcantara.LEHI UTAH WILLOW PARK STAKE (February 19, 2017): PresidentDouglas Paul Rich, 45, finance manager; succeeding Douglas J. Wilcox; wife, Sherry Malia Farnsworth Rich. CounselorsAaron David Watson, 40, executive vice president worldwide business development, Clicktale; wife, Brooklyn Taylor Watson. Craig Pihl Jensen, 40, school administrator; wife, Stephanie Anne Iverson Jensen.CUIAB BRAZIL STAKE (March 5, 2017): PresidentFrancis Demetrius Mensch Da Silva, 32, financial administrator; succeeding Francisco Werner Kleim Moreira; wife, Regiane de Oliveira. CounselorsWagner Pereira, 53, director, W. Pereira Accounting; wife, Rosana Moreira Andrade. Mrcio Ojeda Torrilhas, 41, project overseer, MT Construction; wife, Edineida Andreia da Silva Torrilhas.SANDY UTAH CRESCENT STAKE (January 28, 2017): PresidentRobert Stokes Clark, 62, attorney; succeeding M. Truman Hunt; wife, Wendy Kathleen Williams Clark. CounselorsPaul Naylor Clayton, 62, anesthesiologist; wife, Holly Ballard Clayton. David Lawrence Morton, 52, land developer; wife, Natalie Sue Walker Morton.ARAPAHOE COLORADO STAKE (February 19, 2017): PresidentRobert Eric Hansen, 50, account director, Pfizer Inc.; succeeding Aaron D. Todd; wife, Babette Lynn Mara Hutchens Hansen. CounselorsKirk J Nielson, 56, orthodontist; wife, Stephanie Reid Nielson. Tim Donald Martin Jr., 47, training manager, U.S. Department of Interior; wife, Heidi Coles Martin.MERIDIAN IDAHO NORTH STAKE (February 4, 2017): PresidentJason Roger Kotter, 42, co-owner, Athlos Academies; succeeding J. Thomas Ahlquist; wife, Julie Ann Lee Kotter. CounselorsMatthew D. Ingersoll, 49, director of account management, AmeriBen; wife, Marianne Ferguson Ingersoll. Ryan David Cleverley, 43, vice president of asset management, Gardner Company; wife, Richelle Seamons Cleverley.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:28:38 AM mt

Seventy Shares Secrets of Life with Latest BYU Graduates



The baroness invited listeners to count on her as one of you and encouraged them to call on her, ask questions, and build upon the common heritage of shared values and the pursuit of freedom for all humanity.PROVO, UTAHBaroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, the executive chairman of the AMAR Foundation, received an honorary doctorate. Rana Al Thunibat, graduating with a masters degree in law, participates in BYUs commencement ceremony at the Marriott Center on BYUs campus in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.Sharing a story about children with special needs participating in a track and field meet, Elder Foster told of how physically and mentally challenged children taught what it means to lift others around them. BYU president Kevin J Worthen places his hand over his heart during the presentation of the colors during the commencement ceremony at the Marriott Center on BYUs campus in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.Part of living in our days means individuals will face opposition, and life wasnt designed to be easy, the leader taught.President Worthen encouraged grads to be childlike, experiencing awe more fully and more often than adults.BYU president Kevin J Worthen conducted and shared brief remarks that included the unlikely counsel to be awful.Being awful has its rewards, President Worthen taught. It makes life more full, more enjoyable, and more productive. Most importantly, experiencing awe can help us keep things in perspective.Unfortunately, increased knowledge can sometimes diminish our ability to experience awe, he said.Before you dismiss my advice as a completely inappropriate effort to be unique rather than helpful, let me explain what I mean by that charge, he said. Linguists know well that the meaning of words can change dramatically over time. One form of change is what is called pejoration. Pejoration is the process by which a word with a positive or neutral meaning acquires negative connotations over time. Develop your legacy intentionally. Determine right now how you will measure your life when it is over, and then choose accordingly, Elder Bradley D. Foster, General Authority Seventy, told graduates of Brigham Young University during commencement exercises on April 27.Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the event, during which 3,609 were awarded bachelors degrees, 585 masters degrees, and 141 doctoral degrees.I remind us all that saving just one life is worth all the effort we can put in, she said.As the athletes walked to the finish line together, their parents stood and cheered for a long time.God has given us two things in life: time and the opportunity to choose what you do with it, he said. This is your turn on earth. It is up to us to use it. Graduates take pictures and socialize on the lawn outside the Marriott Center after BYUs commencement ceremony in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.He offered a chargeto not let education diminish a persons willingness to experience awe, for there is so much in the world around us that can cause us to be full of awe.Centuries ago, awful had a very positive connotation. Its original meaning was awe-inspiring, worthy of respect, and profoundly respectful or reverential.My hope is that those who encounter you and learn that you are a graduate of Brigham Young University will think better of BYU because they know you, that the term BYU will amelioratenot pejorateas a result of what you do and who you are.Known for her charity and humanitarian work across the Middle East and her career in politics in England, Baroness Nicholson was recognized by the university and honored with a Doctor of International Leadership and Humanitarian Service.Be AwfulThe Lord knows who you are. He knows your circumstances. He will help you. He will bless you as you bless others. As inscribed on the entrance of this university, Enter to learn, which youve done; now, Go forth to serve.Sharing a brief sketch of some of the humanitarian projects she has been a part of over her career, she encouraged listeners to do what they can to make a difference in the lives of other people who need help around the world.The parents thought self-esteem would come from winning, but they learned that self-esteem comes from doing estimable things every day, Elder Foster said.Recognizing it can be a good thing to be competitive and successful, Elder Foster warned about making owning things a top priority.Never love anything that cant love you back, he said. Remember that a distraction doesnt have to be evil to be effective. The world would have you believe that success is all about fame and fortune. But as weve all heard before, money doesnt buy happiness, it only makes you wealthy. Remember, happiness is not measured in zeros, but in relationships. Life is not about accumulation. Life is about contribution.You wont always be able to choose what happens to you, but you can always choose how you handle what happens to you, Elder Foster said, addressing 4,335 graduates from 67 countries, three territories, and 50 U.S. states.I stand humbled to become one of your newest alumni at one of the most prestigious universities, she said.

BYU president Kevin J Worthen speaks during the commencement ceremony at the Marriott Center on BYUs campus in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.

Building professions is key to that work, she said.Rather than being scared of not becoming a person of fame or fortune, Elder Foster said a person should be weary of not becoming the person he or she is supposed to become while they are here on earth.One little girl with Down syndrome kissed him on the head and said, Now that will make it better, Elder Foster recalled. Together they lifted him up, joined arms, and walked to the finish line together.Make a differenceOther speakers at the event included Amy Fennegan, president of the alumni chapter, and graduate Thomas James Stone. Earlier in the day the Army ROTC commissioned six cadets and the Air Force ROTC commissioned 16 cadets.Just as words can pejorateand acquire a more negative meaning over time, they can also acquire a more positive meaning, he said. Linguists call this amelioration. In his keynote address, Elder Foster shared with graduates a few secrets of life to remember as they start the next chapter in their life.An important part of this life is understanding ones relation to God and to others. When you really understand this, you will act differently and will treat others differently.

Elder Bradley D. Foster, a General Authority Seventy, gives the keynote speech at BYUs commencement ceremony at the Marriott Center on BYUs campus in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.

A masters degree graduate cheers on her family and friends during the commencement ceremony at the Marriott Center on BYUs campus in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.My admonition is that you be awful in its original, unpejorated sense, that you always be aware of things that are awe-inspiring, he said. I am urging you to be full of awe, if you will.Intended to be a way to build self-esteem, a race was planned for a group of nine children. Not long after the race began, one of the racers fell down and hurt his knee. As the other racers heard him cry, they stopped, turned around, and went back and gathered around the hurt boy.To have intellectual strength we must accompany that with action.

Graduates take pictures and socialize outside the Marriott Center after BYUs commencement ceremony in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.

A masters graduate waves to family and friends before the start of the BYU commencement ceremony at the Marriott Center on BYUs campus in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.Over time, the meaning changed to mean something negative.The second part of his charge comes as a three-word admonition: Dont pejorate; ameliorate. Michaela and Michael Duval sit with their daughter, Grace, before the start of the BYU commencement ceremony at the Marriott Center on BYUs campus in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.Throughout your life all of you will experience both success and failure, he said. Dont be too anxious for the applause for the success or the pity for the failure. Remember, the common denominator in both success and failure is that neither of these conditions is permanent.

Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne speaks after receiving an honorary doctoral degree during the BYU commencement ceremony at the Marriott Center on BYUs campus in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of BYU Photo.

After accepting the honor, Baroness Nicholson shared a bit of her story and how she became partners with the Churchs welfare organization. The partnership started with a single friendship and has grown into a working relationship built on common interests and goals. Graduates take pictures and socialize on the lawn outside the Marriott Center after BYUs commencement ceremony in Provo on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:28:37 AM mt

President Uchtdorf Visits Europe during Season of Temple Building



President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits with members during an open house in Darmstadt, Germany, on Tuesday, April 11. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (right) and Elder Patrick Kearon, a General Authority Seventy and President of the Church's Europe Area, visit the Frankfurt Germany Temple, which is being renovated. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf visit The Hague Netherlands Temple on April 14.During his recent visit, President Uchtdorf said he received many questions about when the temple will be finished or what areas will be updated. The questions should be what can we do to prepare ourselves to be worthy of these blessings, he said. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf participates in a member meeting in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, on April 6, 2017. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits with members during an open house in Darmstadt, Germany, on Tuesday, April 11.Give your best. Dont settle for less. Trust the Lord, he said. Give whatever you are able to give with all the energy you have, and then let the Lord finish it and make it great. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf and Bishop Grald Causs and Sister Valrie B. Causs walk through the gardens of the Paris France Temple on April 9, 2017.Everywhere President Uchtdorf spoke, he asked members to keep the commandments and trust the Lord. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks to Latter-day Saints in Amsterdam on April 14. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf greets members during a meeting in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, on April 6, 2017.In addition to the pillars of temple building, President and Sister Uchtdorf also drew strength from the European membersincluding friends, family, and Church members they were able to see while visiting home. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits with members during an open house in Darmstadt, Germany, on Tuesday, April 11.President Uchtdorf loves the symbolism found in the construction of The Hague Temple, where a huge number of pillars reach down far below the surface into the wet land, even into the ground water, and support the temple so it would stand and stay solid. On April 11, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (right) and Elder Patrick Kearon, a General Authority Seventy and President of the Church's Europe Area, visit the Frankfurt Germany Temple, which is being renovated.President Uchtdorf, Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf, and their daughter, Antje Uchtdorf Evans, visited Europe April 5 through April 15, speaking to members and missionaries and visiting temple sites. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf pose next to the River Seine during a trip to Paris, France, on April 9, 2017.The Church is progressing, he said, but it always goes back to the individual, the individual life.After returning from a recent trip to France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany, President Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke of the 1955 dedication of the Bern Switzerland Templethe Churchs first temple in Europeand compared it to this day when temples dot the continent.It takes effort, means, planningthe same things which we need to build the physical temple. We need to build our own temple, our own life, to bless those around us, especially our families. Are we living below our privileges and possibilities in using this time to become better members and better followers of the Savior, better disciples, husbands, wives, parents, siblings, and children?During the time he served as Europe Area President, President Uchtdorf accompanied President Gordon B. Hinckley to select a site for the Churchs temple in Paris. On April 11, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder Patrick Kearon, a General Authority Seventy and President of the Church's Europe Area, visit the Frankfurt Germany Temple, which is being renovated.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf walk through the gardens of the Paris France Temple on April 9, 2017.

After visiting the Paris France Templeto be dedicated on May 21and the Frankfurt Germany Templewhich closed in 2015 for renovationPresident Uchtdorf compared temple construction to the building and strengthening of individual Latter-day Saints. A choir sings during a member meeting in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, on April 6, 2017. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf participate with members in Darmstadt, Germany, on Tuesday, April 11.It was wonderful to see the strength of the Church and the commitment of the members in this part of the world, he said. It is wonderful the Saints all across Europe are eyewitnesses to a season of temple building.We are living in a time of temple building, said President Uchtdorf. This is a historic moment when Europe needs to recognize that there is an opportunity to grow and bloom in a very special way.During the Uchtdorfs visit, which took place just months after President Uchtdorf rededicated the Freiberg Germany Temple in September 2016, the couple visited the grounds of The Hauge Netherlands Temple. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf, and Sister Antje Uchtdorf Evans participate in a member meeting in Amsterdam on April 14.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf holds up his temple recommend during a member meeting in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, on April 6, 2017.

On April 11, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits the Frankfurt Germany Temple, which is being renovated. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf walks through the gardens of the Paris France Temple on April 9, 2017.Dont wait until the construction of the new temples are completed, he told them. Be temple worthy now; have a current temple recommend. More temples are being constructed all over the world. In Europe there are additional constructions in progress in Portugal and in Italy. Let us prepare for these holy edifices by being temple worthy now. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks to Latter-day Saints in Amsterdam on April 14.Temple building takes time and it takes planning, it takes thoughtful construction, and it takes only the best in materials and know-how, he said. What can we do to prepare ourselves to be worthy of these blessings? It takes all the same things. On April 11, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits the Frankfurt Germany Temple, which is being renovated. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf participate in a member meeting in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, on April 6, 2017.We have to be careful that we are not missing this great spiritual opportunity, that we are not distracted by the outer appearance or plans, taking away from the spiritual power that can come into our personal lives as we use this season of temple building to build our own testimonies.During a period of temple building in Europe, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf encouraged European Latter-day Saints to prepare themselves to be worthy of temple blessings. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf, Presiding Bishop Grald Causs, and Sister Valrie B. Causs walk through the gardens of the Paris France Temple on April 9, 2017.During each meeting President and Sister Uchtdorf answered questions from the membersmany of whom feel inadequate or burned out in their Church service. President Uchtdorf told the members that, with the exception of being called as deacons quorum president in a quorum of two young men, he has never had a calling that did not make him feel inadequate.It was marvelous to see the completed Paris France Temple, constructed within walking distance of Versailles, said President Uchtdorf.The Uchtdorfs loved to return to Frankfurtthe city where President Uchtdorf was raised, where Sister Uchtdorf was baptized, and where the couple lived as teenagers, were married, and began their young family. President Uchtdorf knew the current stake presidentnow an airline captain with Lufthansawhen the stake president was a child.There is great symbolism in the statue of the Savior standing in the center of the temple gardens, President Uchtdorf said. I remember discussing what we wanted to have in this garden. Moroni maybe? As we discussed it we said, That is where the Savior belongs. It is great and will be highly appreciated by the neighbors. When they look into this garden they see what this Church is all about it. It is about the Savior; it is His work. Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf speaks to Latter-day Saints in Amsterdam on April 14.

On April 11, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his daughter, Sister Antje Uchtdorf Evans, visit the Frankfurt Germany Temple, which is being renovated.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:28:30 AM mt

Leaders Address Importance of Conversion at BYU Womens Conference



In her remarks to women gathered in the Marriott Center on the Provo campus, Sister Eubank discussed three basic ingredients of conversion and the role of Relief Society in that process.Videos of select talks will be archived later on LDS.org on the Relief Society page and in the LDS Media Library in English and Spanish. Visit the website womensconference.byu.edu for more information.I testify there are great blessings in store when we are also willing to say to the Father, nevertheless, thy will be done (see D&C 109:44)and align our will to the will of the Lord, she said. This is the test of life. As we become better at doing it, we will find greater happiness, increased ability to receive personal revelation, greater capacity to serve those around us, more help in meeting trials, and a more Christlike character. (See related story.)Relief Society leadersEven recognizing that our children have agency and may not accept our teaching, it is always worth being intentional, deliberate, and purposeful in our families, Sister Cordon said. Isnt that our true desire as parentsto have our children build their foundation on the rock of Jesus Christ? If they will use their agency to do so, they cannot fall.Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and her counselor Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, spoke jointly during a session of BYU Womens Conference on the need for intentional parenting. Sister Cristina B. Franco, who was recently called to serve as Sister Joness second counselor, is serving with her husband in the Argentina Resistencia Mission until July.Sister Cordon noted the astounding promise found in Helaman 5:12, A foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.Yet, she explained, even in her ordinariness, Heavenly Father saw value and has helped me begin to develop the gifts and graces He knows will help me become all that He has designed me to be, she said. Know that your Heavenly Father will provide all that you need to become 'extra'-ordinary as a daughter of God. The wonder of His heavenly economy is that every single one of us can be spectacular because of our unique bundle of talents and abilities.I testify that individually and independently, regardless of your circumstances, God is always there. He knows you and He loves you, she said. Please believe that the majesty and glory of our Fathers plan of happiness is for you and His love for you is boundless.Unlike the world, in His kingdom there is no winners platform that only has room for one or two. Each of His daughters has been taught and prepared and gifted premortally with marvelous potential to become a queen in the celestial kingdom. (See related story.)Primary leadersBrother Callister, Sunday School General Pesident, and his wife, Sister Kathryn L. Callister, offered a keynote address on the topic Return, Repent, and Be Converted That I May Heal You. (See related story.)In her remarks, Sister Jones explained that each parent's circumstances are different and there is no singular recipe for perfect parents or a perfect family. However, there are some perfect parenting principles. We can look to our Heavenly Father as the perfect example of how to parent, she said. He is the epitome of intentional parenting. Patterning our parenting skills after the truths found in His scriptures can be our guide. (See related story.)Sister Eubank, Relief Society Women attend the BYU Womens Conference May 45. Photo courtesy BYU Photo.Speaking to women gathered in the Marriott Center at BYU, Sister Bingham shared her ordinary story and average life.In addition to attending concurrent sessions throughout the day and listening to counsel given in the general sessions on both days of the conference, conference goers had the opportunity to participate in daytime service projects, an evening service project, an evening concert, and an instant choir that performed during the closing session.Relief Society is exactly the place for all of us who dont fit in, Sister Eubank declared. It is organized under priesthood keys for women so that we have a place to grow, progress, build faith, talk about the reality of family life, and mourn with each other for all the stupid, crazy things happening to us as we are mortals.In giving the final keynote address at the annual conference, Elder Stevenson encouraged listeners to avoid debilitating comparisons of social media and to utilize the new and exciting channels of technology to share knowledge of the Savior.Close to 12,000 women from around the world converged on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, May 45, for the largest two-day gathering of LDS women anywhere in the world.

Sister Jean B. Bingham with her counselors in the Relief Society General PresidencySister Sharon Eubank (left) and Sister Reyna I. Alburto (right)during the BYU Womens Conference May 4. Photo courtesy BYU Photo.

Sister Sharon Eubank, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency and director of LDS Charities, offered the opening keynote address on the conferences theme.Elder Stevenson, Quorum of the TwelveCosponsored by the Relief Society and Brigham Young University, BYU Womens Conference included more than 200 presenters sharing insights on topics of interest to women of all ages. This year's conference theme, Converted unto the Lord, is taken from the scripture found in 3 Nephi 28:23. Women pause to take a photo on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, during womens conference May 45. Photo courtesy BYU Photo.The Lord has a stewardship for His daughters in the work of salvation, she explained, and it can only be done by women who are truly converted unto the Lord. (See related story.)

Women walk to and from classes on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, during womens conference May 45. Photo courtesy BYU Photo.

Sandra Rogers, chairwoman of the conference, was joined in welcoming participants to Thursdays activities by Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, and President Kevin J Worthen, president of BYU.What has Relief Society been for me? This is the question Sister Reyna I. Aburto has pondered over the last few weeks since being called to Relief Society General Presidency.On May 5, a special musical presentation featuring a cast of women of all ages and titled Our Roots: A Celebration of Who We Are honored every woman who strives to plant her life in the fertile soil of the gospel of Jesus Christ.The power of God is available to all His children, she said. This power is ours to have, if we want it. It is our privilege to live with it and act with it and become more like the Savior with it. What is this power? It is the power that comes from faithful participation in gospel ordinances and covenants. (See related story.)Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, addressed the topic The Test of Life.

Women attend a general session in the Marriott Center during the BYU Womens Conference. Photo courtesy BYU Photo.

Women participate in a class at BYU Womens Conference May 45. Photo courtesy BYU Photo.For those who say Relief Society is just a sewing circle or a book club for women with similar interests and backgrounds, Sister Eubank responded, No. Relief Society has a work to do on the earth. The General Relief Society Presidency and two members of the General Primary Presidency sit on the stand during the opening session of the BYU Womens Conference May 4. Photo courtesy of BYU Photo.PROVO, UTAHSister Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, spoke on the topic Becoming a Converted, Covenant-Keeping Woman.May each of you have the courage to blog, pin, like, share, post, friend, tweet, snap, and swipe up in a way that will glorify, honor, and respect the will of our loving Heavenly Father and bring a knowledge of the Savior to your family, loved ones, and friends, he said. (See related story.)Sister Aburto testified, My dear sisters, as we face the world during these latter days and as we strive to keep the covenants that we have made with God so we can fulfill the measure of our creation, Relief Society can be a safe haven for us. (See related story.)

Sister Sharon Eubank, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency and director of LDS Charities, offered the opening keynote address on the conferences theme.

Young Women leaders Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, speaks with attendees of the BYU Womens Conference in the Marriott Center at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 5, 2017. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.During her remarks, Sister Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, spoke to women about seeing ourselves in Gods eternal plan. Maria Tedjamulia, left, takes a photograph with Sister Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, after the presidency spoke at the BYU Womens Conference in the Marriott Center at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 5, 2017. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News. Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, speaks with attendees of the BYU Womens Conference in the Marriott Center at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 5, 2017. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.Among this year's presenters was the newly called Relief Society General Presidency; the Young Women General Presidency; the Primary General Presidency; Brother Tad R. Callister, Sunday School General President; and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses women present and watching online during the BYU Womens Conference May 5. Photo courtesy BYU Photo.

Brother Callister, Sunday School

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:28:23 AM mt

French LDS Youth Honor Light of Faith during Cultural Celebration



Youth participate in the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration, titled Que Votre Lumiere Luise Ainsi Devant Les Hommes, on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.Held in the Vlodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvellines, the performance opened with a reenactment of the famous Tour de France bike competition. Youth from the Lyon France Stake perform during the cultural celebration held in the Vlodrome National in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France, on May 20, 2017. The image projected on the screen behind them shows youth holding temple cards with family names on them. Photo by Valerie Johnson.Each scene in the performancea celebration of the Reformation, the Restoration, and the dedication of Frances first templecombine to create a beautiful mosaic that honors the tradition of faith in France. Bishop Grald Causs addresses the audience of the cultural celebration held in the Vlodrome National in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France, on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Photo by Valerie Johnson.The program, titled Que Votre Lumiere Luise Ainsi Devant Les Hommes, or Let Your Light So Shine Before Men (Matthew 5:16), featured 950 youth from 13 stakes in France, Belgium, and Switzerland. Youth from the Lyon France Stake participate in the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration, titled Que Votre Lumiere Luise Ainsi Devant Les Hommes, on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.

Paris France Stake youth portray a scene titled Tell Me about Versailles during a youth temple cultural celebration on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.

Serge Pettitt, 14, said he participated in the cultural event to show the joy he has for the temple.

Those are the wordsLet the party beginthat President Henry B. Eyring spoke to 950 youth gathered at the Velodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines for the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration on May 20.

Youth from the Lyon France Stake participate in the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration, titled Que Votre Lumiere Luise Ainsi Devant Les Hommes, on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.

Tesceline Lethuaire, 13, Sara Fraguas, 13, and Aimie Lethuaire, 14, participate in the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration, titled Que Votre Lumiere Luise Ainsi Devant Les Hommes, on May 20, 2017.

President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency greets the congregation after the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration, titled Que Votre Lumiere Luise Ainsi Devant Les Hommes, on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.

A young woman from the Lausanne Switzerland Stake waits to go on stage for the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.

The story is one that has deep roots in Christianity in France, said Brother Euvrard.President Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, promised the youth that they will treasure [their] memories of this day.Anais Elumba, 14, of the Lyon France Stake said she participated in the event to celebrate the new temple. I want to say thanks to my God because He has built a temple in France, she said. It is beautiful. The temple is the house of God. I want to celebrate.Que la fte commence.During the program, organizers displayed images, projected on a huge screen, of stained glass windows, statues, parchments, scriptures, paintings, architectural details, and other monuments and documents that illustrate the faith of the French throughout the ages.Konrad Harris, 16, said he also wants to celebrate the new temple in France.I hope you will have a wonderful time, he added. I know that all who watch the performance will share in your happiness and be blessed by your talents. The Lord will bless all who have performed tonight and all who have trained and encouraged them. May we enjoy and long remember this celebration.Christian Euvrard, cultural celebration director, said lightthe light that happened centuries ago when Christianity arrived in Franceis the common theme that runs through the celebration. Light grew and found roots in the Reformation and then in the Restoration, he said.The temple in France is proof that the gospel will continue to grow in the country, said Clementine Elumba, 14.When you study history, you see this movement. You see that things did not happen by chance, but that the hand of the Lord was viable. Paris France Stake youth portray a scene titled Tell Me about Versailles during a youth temple cultural celebration on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.The Paris France Temple is the result of the faithall the lightthroughout the centuries, he said. Once light starts, little by little it becomes greater and greater.

Youth from the Paris France South Stake participate in the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration, titled Que Votre Lumiere Luise Ainsi Devant Les Hommes, on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.

Members of the Bordeaux France Stake participate in the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration, titled Que Votre Lumiere Luise Ainsi Devant Les Hommes, on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver. President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, addresses the audience gathered for a cultural celebration the day before the Paris France Temple dedication, in the Vlodrome National in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France, on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Photo by Valerie Johnson. Paris France Stake youth portray a scene titled Tell Me about Versailles during a youth temple cultural celebration on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver. Actors portray the Restoration during a youth temple cultural celebration on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.MONTIGNY-LE-BRETONNEUX, FRANCE Youth from the Lyon France Stake participate in the Paris France Temple youth cultural celebration, titled Que Votre Lumiere Luise Ainsi Devant Les Hommes, on May 20, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:28:23 AM mt

Miracles Witnessed during Paris France Temple Open House



A sealing room in the Paris France Temple.The Paris France Temple will be dedicated during three sessions on Sunday, May 21. Baptistry in the Paris France Temple.

Church leaders in front of the Christus statue in the courtyard of the Paris France Temple during the temples media day, April 7, 2017. From left, Elder Larry Y. Wilson of the Seventy and Executive Director of the Churchs Temple Department; Bishop Grald Causs, Presiding Bishop; Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; and Elder Mattieu Bennasar, an Area Seventy from France who is chairman of the open house and dedication committee for the Paris Temple. Photo by Scott Taylor, Deseret News.

Elder Bennasar said French-speaking Church leaders and members witnessed many miracles during the open house. The celestial room in the Paris France Temple.The open house for the Paris France Temple proved to be a time of great public exposure for the Churchone that will favorably change the public opinion forever, said Elder Matthieu Bennasar, an Area Seventy in the Churchs Europe Area.As people massively came to the Paris Temple, their views were touched by the beauty and light in the temple, explained Elder Bennasar, chairman of the local temple committee. They experienced firsthand the transforming power of these visits as they heard testimonies and felt the spirit of the temple.The 44,175-square-foot temple features art glass that reminds visitors of a French garden. Located in Le Chesnay in the western suburbs of Paris, the temple will become the 156th operating temple of the Church worldwide. The edifice is within walking distance of the beautiful gardens of the Chteau de Versailles. The closest temples French Latter-day Saints have attended in the past are in Frankfurt, Germany; The Hague, Netherlands; and Bern, Switzerland.Elder Neil L. Andersen and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, participated in the open house, visiting with government leaders, neighbors, dignitaries, the press, and friends of other faiths.The numerous Church volunteers became tireless ambassadors of the good name of the Church, working endless hours to make the experience enjoyable for everyone, said Elder Bennasar. And all along, the hoped-for miracles came: many were fascinated by the experience or seized by something [they] had never felt, while a few even reported seeing through the veil as they saw deceased ancestors and loved ones while pondering in the celestial room. Bishop Grald Causs, Presiding Bishop of the Church, speaks with French reporters outside the Paris France Temple during the temples media day, April 7, 2017. Photo by Scott Taylor, Deseret News.Some 47,561 people visited the temple during the public open house, held daily April 22 through May 13, except Sundays. A view of the Paris France Temple at night. Photo by Scott Taylor, Deseret News. An evening view of the front entrance of the Paris France Temple from the Boulevard Saint-Antoine in Le Chesnay, France. Photo by Scott Taylor, Deseret News.There are currently about 38,000 members, 100 wards and branches, and two missions in France. The Paris Temple is the first to be completed in France.Joining Elder and Sister Andersen during the temples first open house days were Presiding Bishop Grald Causs, a native of France who years earlier as a newlywed with his wife, Sister Valrie Causs, had lived on Rue des Missionnaires (Street of the Missionaries), just a few blocks from what would become the temple site; Elder Larry Y. Wilson, a General Authority Seventy and Executive Director of the Temple Department; and Elder Bennesar. Also attending the open house was Le Chesnay Mayor Philippe Brillault. An instruction room in the Paris France Temple. Neighbors of the Paris France Temple and families of temple construction workers mingle through the plazas and courtyards on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Photo by Scott Taylor, Deseret News.

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On Eve of the Paris Temple Dedication Sister Andersen Recalls Love for French People



We remember a wonderful district Relief Society president who arrived in the city of Bayonne one Sunday. We had driven the two hours in the car with our family. We were embarrassed when we realized that she had arisen before dawn and ridden her bike in the dark to the train station. She had taken the train to the city and then made her way to the house where the meetings were to be held. I still remember the lesson she taught that day in Relief Society. After the meetings, she returned with us to Bordeaux in our car. I have never forgotten my feelings that day as we dropped her off at the train station where she climbed on her bike to ride the distance home. Hers was a measure of devotion that touched me very deeply.Theo and Suzanne PlanteThe tradition of religion is prominent in almost every village and town in France, as beautiful cathedrals are often the centerpieces of their communities. We watched as devoted Latter-day Saints often passed these magnificent structures on their way to worship God in simple chapels and rented houses or buildings. Of course, the famous wines of France are undiscovered to faithful Latter-day Saints, andthough sometimes not numbered among societys elitethese extraordinary men and women are surely numbered among Gods elect.We will think of themall of the true Saints who called France home and who lived and longed for this holy day. In our minds eye, we will see their faces on the glorious day of dedication and imagine their happiness as heaven and earth join in singing: Well sing and well shout with the armies of heaven, Hosanna, hosanna to God and the Lamb! Let glory to them in the highest be given, Henceforth and forever, Amen and amen!One of our dear branch presidents was President Jean Causs. After joining the Church as adults, he and wonderful Mari-Blanche were undeviating in their love of the gospel. Their testimonies forged strength in their children (including young Grald, who now serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Church) and their grandchildren. So many lives have been blessed by the testimonies of Jean and Mari-Blanche. Brother and Sister Dupuy were faithful pillars in the branch in Eysines. Photo courtesy Kathy Andersen.

I remember sitting in a Sunday School class shortly after we arrived in France. The teacher handed out about 10 little cards for class members to read at the appointed time during the lesson. I was quite astounded that each card was handwritten. I wondered why she hadnt just copied it. Then I realized that this sister didnt have access to a copier or a computer. Thinking that we would learn more by participating, she had painstakingly handwritten lengthy quotations from the lesson manual.Sister David was a wonderful, faithful woman. She was a pillar of strength in the Church, always faithful, spreading her beautiful influence. When our youngest child was going to be baptized, we invited his Primary teacher, Sister David. We didnt realize that being present at the early morning baptism at the church would require her arising at 5:00 a.m., taking two buses, and then a good walk to arrive at the church. Sister David was there (never mentioning the inconvenience) with her beautiful smile and warm embrace for one of her Primary boys. She lived a life of unwavering faith and devotion. Left: Brother and Sister Farel. Right: Annie Farel Guerrero, pictured with her family, learned to play the piano as a child in order to accompany the singing of the hymns in the Eysines Branch. Photo courtesy Kathy Andersen.Brother and Sister DupuySister Kathy Andersen, with her four children, lived and served in France while her husband, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, presided over the France Bordeaux Mission from 1989 to 1992.A young couple, Alain and Laurence Boulie, planted their faith and trust in the Lord. Laurence was the Young Women president when we were in the Eysines Branch and lovingly blessed the lives of the young women through her beautiful example. Years later, Alain would serve as bishop of the Eysines Ward for seven years. After his service as bishop concluded, they continued faithful and true.We remember a devoted father and mother with a 16-year-old son who didnt want to attend seminary. The father was the branch president and had been given permission to be the early morning seminary teacher for his son. Early in the morning, they would have seminary together. The 16-year-old son was able to keep his feet in the gospel. He now has a family of his own, was married in the temple, and is teaching his children the gospel. Such are the Saints in France.President Jean Causs On Sunday, May 24, 1992, then-Elder Boyd K. Packer speaks at a meeting to organize the Bordeaux France Stake with Neil L. Andersen, who served as president of the France Bordeaux Mission from 1989 to 1992.

Sister David served as the Andersens youngest sons Primary teacher. Photo courtesy Kathy Andersen.

On Sunday, May 24, 1992, a congregation of Latter-day Saints, including those who have been mentioned, attended church in a large rented hall and sang, The Spirit of God like a fire is burning! The latter-day glory begins to come forth. The visions and blessings of old are returning, and angels are coming to visit the earth (Hymns, no. 2). Then-Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stood and announced the creation of the Bordeaux France Stake of Zion. At that very moment, there was an audible clap of thunder such as we had never heard in our years in France. It seemed to us that heaven had given an exclamation point to the furtherance of the Lords kingdom in France.Brother and Sister Farel were present in the early 1970s when a mission president reportedly said that missionaries would no longer play the piano in the meetings and that the members needed to learn to play the piano. At first, it seemed a bit harsh, but the Farels were not offended. Instead, filled with faith, they immediately enrolled their daughter Annie in piano lessons. It was a sacrifice for them, but Annie Farel learned how to play the piano.

Alain and Laurence Boulie and their family served faithfully in the Eysines Branch. Photo courtesy Kathy Andersen.

Almost 20 years later, we arrived with our family. Brother and Sister Farel were now grandparents. Their daughter, now Annie Guerrero, was the branch pianist. Annies generation developed talents that helped strengthen the Church in France, and now she was a mother faithfully teaching the gospel to her children.It will be almost 25 years to the day, on May 21, that the Paris France Temple will be dedicated. How we rejoice with the Saints of France whose privilege it is to have lived long enough to see this blessed day.Theo and Suzanne Plante joined the Church as adults. They embraced the gospel with a full measure of heart and soul. Brother Plante was a professor. The Plantes have spent their lives serving with a devotion that reflects their complete love for the Lord. The years have passed. There are now three generations of the Plante family who rejoice together in the dedication of the temple in Paris.Although they are not here, their lives, their deeds, and their faith join together with Latter-day Saints today, becoming the figurative mortar and stone of this Paris France Temple.Sister David Paris France Temple.As my husband and I were happily thinking and talking about the soon-to-be dedication of the Paris France Temple, we took from our bookshelf a binder now almost 25 years old. It was a gift given to us by the Saints of our little Eysines Branch before we left France in 1992 to return to our home in Florida. We looked at their pictures, read their testimonies again, and thought of the faithful men and women from our branch in southwestern France who lived their lives with the hope and anticipation that perhaps one day there would be a temple in France, not just for them but for their children, grandchildren, and fellow countrymen. Let us tell you about a few of the people we came to know and love. Photo of the Causs familyincluding young Grald Causs (top right) and his wife, Valerie (far right)who helped to build the Church in France. Photo courtesy Kathy Andersen.

Theo and Suzanne Plante joined the Church as adults, and due to their faithful examples, three generations of the Plante family can now rejoice in the completion of the temple in Paris. Photo courtesy Kathy Andersen.

The faithful Saints from our Eysines Branch and others are a small sampling of the members of the Church in France who have helped build generation after generation of strength and hope and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel.Alain and Laurence BoulieBrother and Sister Dupuy were faithful pillars in the branch in Eysines. Year after year, decade after decade, they quietly lived the gospel. Their influence has extended through generations with their daughter and her beautiful family.Brother and Sister FarelUntold numbers of faithful men and women who gave their lives for the gospel did not live to see the hallowed day when the house of the Lord will be dedicated.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:28:13 AM mt

From Boyhood New General Authority Elder Taylor Learned to Follow the Prophets



Elder Taylor, a northern Utah native, was born in Ogden but grew up in Kaysville, the fourth of five children born to Lowell Moon and Marie King Taylor. He and his brothers were reared in a home in which love of the gospel, fishing, and sports were the order of the day.

Elder Brian K. Taylor, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Jill Taylor, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 3, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

One of the correct answers was given by Brian Taylor.To help ease the tension and my own nerves, I would bring a basket of fun-size Snickers bars to classthe kind you give out at Halloweento try to get some interaction in the class. If a class member answered a question correctly, I would toss him or her a candy bar.Elder Taylor earned a bachelors degree in Spanish, but his aim was to have his own business. This he accomplished a number of times.

Elder Brian K. Taylor, General Authority Seventy, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 3, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

He had a basketball scholarship at Utah State University, and he was trying to decide whether to serve a mission or stay home and continue to play basketball up there, recalled Elder Taylor.Those reflexes also had something to do with his meeting Jill Featherstone, a BYU student who would become his wife.A romance blossomed, and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 30, 1987, after Brian asked Elder Featherstone for permission to ask his only daughter for her hand in marriage. One day, he would follow in his future father-in-laws footsteps as a General Authority.On the basketball squad, Elder Taylors teammate from 1982 to 1984 was Devin Durrant. Elder Taylor joked that his job and that of the other teammates was to pass the ball to Brother Durrant, the all-star forward. Today, they are again teammates of a sort, this time as associates in the general leadership of the Church, where Brother Durrant serves as First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency.I cant believe I did that; it just happened, he said.On one occasion, an 11-year-old girl in Minnesota had been abducted. There was word that the suspect was headed for Utah, so the message went out to law enforcement agencies nationwide via the new computer app. As a result, a highway patrol officer in Heber, Utah, spotted the vehicle and apprehended the suspect. The software had only been deployed 10 days at the time. The officer credited the business partners with helping save the girls life.It reverberates in our hearts and minds, said Elder Taylor, who was sustained at the April 2017 general conference as a General Authority Seventy.Brian already knew her father, Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, a General Authority Seventy who had been an ardent BYU sports fan.Along lifes journey, the Taylors have reared seven children. The four eldest are married. A daughter and son have been with their parents as they are concluding their service in the Texas Dallas Mission, where Elder Taylor presides.In fact, the propensity to throw down a challenge played a role in the motivation that Elder Taylor and his eldest brother, Craig, had to be missionaries.She caught the candy bar. He said, Ill trade this in for a tennis date instead.I had met him a few times before going on my mission, and he had always been really kind to me, but I didnt know he had a daughter, Elder Taylor recalled. In fact, she was the only daughter in a family of seven children belonging to Elder Featherstone, now an emeritus General Authority, and his wife, Sister Merlene Featherstone.Sister Taylor said it stems from what they were taught by their parents from childhood. Setting goals and long-term plans for themselves, they determined that would be the pattern for their lives.Regarding that Sunday School class when they met, Sister Taylor recalls that the course for the year was the Old Testament, and she felt intimidated teaching a class full of returned missionaries, not having served a mission herself.His service in the Spain Seville Mission was a life-transforming experience.She was teaching the Sunday School Gospel Doctrine class in one of the student wards. Impressed by her, Brians brother invited him to visit her class to meet her.If Elder Brian K. Taylor and his wife, Sister Jill Taylor were to pick a headline phrase for their lives, it would be Following the Living Prophets of God.In one of these ventures, he and a close friend, a computer software developer, marketed a computer application to the 911 emergency public safety profession. It facilitated what is called interoperability between police, fire, and other entities, including some federal agencies. With the technology, the agencies could share computer data in any format.I was persistent, he recalled. I had to ask a few times and use every missionary skill I had, but she finally said yes.I remember it just kind of came out of my mouth one night at dinner: I said, Hey, if you go on a mission, Ill go on a mission. It affected him a lot, I guess, though I didnt know it at the time. But he decided to go, so I kept my promise.So I tossed him the Snickers, and he caught it and, in the same motion, just tossed it right back up to me, Sister Taylor recalled.We have witnessed what we call the miracle of a mission, he said, this change, this transformation in missionaries lives as they come unto Christ and as they invite others to come unto Christ.Upon his return, he enrolled at Brigham Young University, where his athletic prowess and quick reflexes earned him a spot on the basketball team.It caught her off guard, but she just continued on with the lesson.The mission, he said, is the hardest thing they have done in their lives. We like to say that hard equals holy.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:28:13 AM mt

New Seventy Elder Wakolo Says Feeding the Missionaries Was Best Mistake of His Life



In his calling as a seminary teacher, he enjoyed learning and teaching from the Book of Mormonthe same book he had earlier banned in his home. Today, it is rare to find him without that book in his hands.I was raised in a very humble home, but we were rich in terms of love we have for each other, he said. My parents taught us how to work together and serve together.Since his baptism, he has continued serving in many capacitiesas a counselor in a stake presidency, as stake president, as an Area Seventy, and at the time of his call as a General Authority Seventy, he was serving as the president of the Arkansas Little Rock Mission.The Church was always a priority for Sister Wakolo, even though at one point, her husband requested that she not read the Book of Mormon in their home. He had heard things about the Church from other people and decided he didnt want his wife reading the sacred book in their home.After completing the lessons multiple times, Elder Wakolo decided to put it all on the line and strike a deal with the missionaries. The group would meet together for three nights. The first two nights, the missionaries would answer Elder Wakolos questions on his termsusing only the Bible. The third night, the missionaries could ask Elder Wakolo any question they wanted.Conversion didnt happen overnight for Elder Wakolo, and over the first eight years of the couples marriage, he met with many missionaries.I dated a Mormon girl; I married a Mormon girl, he said.That was great training ground for me, he said. It is where I learned self-discipline.The couple have been blessed with two children, Jasmin and Glen, whom they consider to be a direct answer to fasting and many prayers. In addition, throughout the Wakolos marriage, the couple have welcomed 18 children into their home for extended periods of time.Without essential ordinances, we would not be able to make it back, so it is a matter of life and death, he said. That is critical for me.He was with his friends and after gave us a ride home, she recalled. He asked me if I wanted to go to the movies together.

Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Anita Herberta Moimoi Wakolo, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 3, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

A few months after he was baptized, he accepted the call to serve as branch president. On Sundays, we would leave at 7 a.m. and be gone until 1111:30 p.m, he said. We would pack food and spend the day with members.Early in his career, Elder Wakolo worked as an Interpol officer for Fiji and later worked in various capacities for the Church. Elder Wakolo studied management and public administration at the University of the South Pacific. In 2007, he received a masters degree in management from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Most recently, he was service center manager at the Churchs Fiji Service Center.The quick road from baptism to Church serviceHe was baptized on March 17, 1994, and two weeks after his baptism, he was called to be in his ward Young Men presidency and to co-teach seminary with his wife.I tell every missionary who steps into this mission that I hope they return home a true disciple of Jesus Christ, and of course that begins with us, he said.He and his wife were sealed in the Nukualofa Tonga Temple in 1995, just a year after he was baptized.Not long after her baptism, she was with a group of friends with whom she had attended a young adult conference. The group was walking home after the event and came upon another gathering of friendsincluding Tanielaand decided to stop and talk.The recently called General Authority Seventyand convert of 23 yearshas dedicated every day of his life since his March 1994 baptism to serving the Lord.I completed the discussions four times in eight years, Elder Wakolo said. I have many missionaries.I had the Light of Christ but was looking for more, she said. When I saw families sitting together at church I thought, I want that.For Elder Taniela Biu Wakolo, inviting the missionaries to his house for dinner was the best mistake Ive ever done in my life.Whether it is in a Church calling or with members in their family or community, the Wakolos have made scripture reading, Church attendance, keeping the Sabbath day holyincluding watching general conference talks every Sundayand service top priorities in their lives. As they have served the Lord, they have seen miracles within their own lives and the lives of their family members.At age 12, Elder Wakolo left his parents home to attend boarding school with more than 500 young men ages 12 to 19. There he learned how to live and study on his own.After their interaction, she felt he was a good personhe was a policeman and she considered him safeand decided to go. The couple dated for more than a year and was married on August 22, 1987, in Suva, Fiji. They are the parents of two children.While away at school, he would often think of his parents working hard at home, making it possible for him to attend school.Elder Wakolo, who will complete his assignment as president of the Arkansas Little Rock Mission in July, looks to his new assignment as another opportunity to invite and help others become a true converted disciple of Jesus Christ.In his new assignment he hopes to accomplish three thingsto follow the senior Brethren by being a powerful witness of Jesus Christ, to help others increase their faith and conversion by reading the Book of Mormon, and to help others receive essential ordinances.The slow and steady road to conversionSister Wakalo was introduced to the Church when she was 19 years old. Although she wanted to be baptized, her father asked her to wait until she was 21. So she continued to attend and soon after her birthday, she was baptized.While at boarding school, young Taniela met a cousin whose mother was a member of the Church, but it wasnt until a few years later when he met Anita Herberta Moimoi, a recent convert, that he learned more.They were always in my mind, he said. That pushed me to learn more, to do better.

Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, General Authority Seventy, just days after his call to serve as a General Authority. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Work ethic from an early ageWe didnt have much, but we had the gospel, and we invited everybody to participate, Sister Wakolo said.Born on June 25, 1967, on the small island of Lomaloma, Lau, Fiji, to Taniela Vosa and Temalesi Buadromo Wakolo, Elder Wakolo is the youngest of six children.She continued to be faithful in her Church attendance and callings while still honoring her husbands request. She also invited missionaries over to their home for dinner often. Those interactions would prove fruitful a few years later when her husband decided to seriously study the doctrines of the gospel.I would lay awake at night anticipating questions, he said. It was a great way for me to learn.The Church needs to be named after its owner, [Christ], Elder Wakolo said. That was it for me.Everything went as he had planned until the third night, when the missionaries taught about how the Church is named after the Savior.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:28:13 AM mt

Glimpse Inside Newly Completed Tucson Arizona Temple



Designers used the native ocotillo plant and the flower of the paddle cactus or prickly pear as inspiration for the dcor, such as the art glass. Paintings feature stories of the ministry of Jesus Christ from the scriptures and desert scenery.As you notice around the valley and throughout the city, there's multiple domes or cupolas, and we took that into our design so that it would be able to fit in and match the area itself, said Caldwell. Building and window detail on the exterior of the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Photographs of the interior and exterior of Arizonas sixth temple are below.The dedication will be preceded by a cultural celebration on Saturday, August 12, featuring music and dance performances by local LDS youth. Sealing room in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

Angel Moroni on the Tucson Arizona Temple.

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Reserve tickets now to the open house at templeopenhouse.lds.org.Calvin Caldwell, project manager for the temple, explained that going to the temple is like finding an oasis in the desert. [Patrons] have that opportunity to take a deep breath and relax, and all their worries kind of go away, said Caldwell. Art and furnishings in the Tucson Arizona Temple. Waiting room in the Tucson Arizona Temple.The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, August 13, at 9:00 a.m., noon, and 3:00 p.m. The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to meetinghouses in Arizona, known as the Grand Canyon State. The three-hour block of meetings will be cancelled for that Sunday so local Latter-day Saint congregations can participate in this sacred event. Recommend desk in the Tucson Arizona Temple. The brides room in the Tucson Arizona Temple.One of the unique features of the exterior of the Tucson Arizona Temple, which sits on seven acres of land, is the blue dome constructed of imported tile from Germany topped with an angel Moroni statue. Celestial room in the Tucson Arizona Temple. Tucson Arizona Temple.The design and colors inside the new 38,000-square-foot temple are influenced by the Art Deco style and reflect the green desert landscape of the American Southwest, including native plants, red cactus flowers, and orange hues that represent the desert sun.

Window and furnishing details in the Tucson Arizona Temple.Ground for the temple was broken October 17, 2015. The temple is located at 7281 North Skyline Drive in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson. Tucson Arizona Temple. Wall detail in the Tucson Arizona Temple.There are more than 416,000 members of the Church in Arizona. Temples are currently operating inMesa,Snowflake,The Gila Valley,Gilbert, andPhoenix.The Tucson Arizona Temple opens to the public on Saturday, June 3. The free open house will go through June 24, except for Sundays. Baptistry in the Tucson Arizona Temple. Instruction room in the Tucson Arizona Temple. Art glass in the Tucson Arizona Temple.

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