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Sunday July 15, 2018 @ 01:17:50 AM mt

Keep Moving Forward with Existing Programs until New Children and Youth Initiative Launches




Not convinced?In about 19 months, the Church will be implementing a new, global initiative for children and youth designed to help them discover their eternal identity, develop character and life skills, and fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God.Its vital that youthand their advisers and parentstake full advantage of whatever program is being utilized in their respective units while focusing on activities that prompt development, Brother Owens added. Stay enthused and seek opportunities to serve, learn, grow, and develop.

Primary, Young Women, and Young Men General Presidencies encourage members to stay engaged in the current programs until the new activity program for children and youth is introduced in January 2020.

The rising generation continues to grow, he said. We dont want them to plateau and be in neutral for the next year and a half.I enjoy hearing of the creative activities our girls and boys are involved in through Faith in God, Activity Days, and Scouting, said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President. I am grateful for faithful parents and leaders who engage our young people in uplifting and meaningful experiences that teach them the importance and fun of learning, developing testimony and talents, and serving others. Nothing has changed. This time is precious, and wonderful opportunities continue to exist to help our children progress and become the valiant souls Heavenly Father invites them to be. We have so much to be grateful for in the gospel of Jesus Christpast, present, and future. Lets stay the course.The year and a half leading up to the new initiatives implementation represents an essential window in the lives of children and youth, the leaders agreed. It must not be wasted.Young Men General President Stephen W. Owen said its essential that Aaronic Priesthood holders also continue to progress. Stay involved over the next 19 months with Duty to God and, where applicable, Scouting.In the days following the initiative announcement, the leaders of the Primary, Young Women, and Young Men General Presidencies are sounding a unified call: Keep moving forward.As young women, we follow the Savior Jesus Christ, said Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, and since we are all in, right now, Personal Progress is what we are all doing so that we stay progressing on the covenant path.Ask a sister missionary about all that can happen in 18 months, said Sister Cordon. Changes happen, but our covenants dont change and the opportunity to grow and progress doesnt change.
  • Nineteen months is about eight times as long as Columbuss voyage to America and nine times as long as the Mayflowers journey.
  • Nineteen months is five-and-a-half times as long as the Spanish-American War.
  • Child development experts say a 19-month-old toddler can usually use a spoon and fork and may even be able to run unaided and wash and dry his or her hands.
  • And 19 months is about 30 days longer than a sister missionarys typical length of service.
  • A lot can happen in 19 months.The months leading up to the new initiative stand as key preparatory months, said Brother Owen, who encourages members worldwide to continue to review the Church-produced Frequently Asked Questions pages.Keep moving forwardHistory has proven much can happen in 19 monthsand Church leaders hope the time leading up to the historic youth initiative will be, well, time well spent.We went through each of those questions and answers extensively, he said.

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    Dedicatory Prayer for the Rededication of the Jordan River Utah Temple




    Let Thy Spirit be poured out upon all who teach in Thy Church that they may build the faith and increase the understanding of those they instruct in the principles of the gospel.We plead with Thee to protect every part of this building and its grounds from devastating influence. Protect it with Thy power. Pour out Thy Spirit upon those who come within this house, and touch the hearts of those who see it, even from a distance.

    Attendees arrive for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

    Father, we thank Thee, and we love Thee and Thy Son. We rededicate ourselves and our hearts as we rededicate this holy temple by the power of the holy priesthood of God. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.We pray that Thou wilt bless the leaders of all nations, that they will have wisdom and the desire to save the world from devastating war. May they be enlightened and guided by Thy Spirit to maintain and uphold the glorious principles of human liberty for the blessing of Thy children. O God, our Eternal Father, Thou mighty Elohim, in the name of Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, we come before Thee to rededicate this beautiful edifice unto Thee, our living God, and as a resting place for Thy Son. The Jordan River Utah Temple at dusk.Now, it is my blessing and opportunity, acting under the direction of President Russell M. Nelson, who holds all the keys of the priesthood on earth at this time, to rededicate this, the Jordan River Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.We ask for Thy blessings on this temple and all who will come into it to worship and serve. May they participate with faith, and may they depart with a feeling of peace, praising Thy holy name.President Kimball further prayed, and we now do:President Kimball continued, and his prayer is ours today: Bless the presidencies of stakes, the high councils, the bishoprics of wards, the presidencies of branches, the presidencies of the Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood quorums, and the presidencies and general boards of auxiliary organizations and their local officers throughout the world. Guide them that they may be equal to the responsibilities placed upon them. Keep the officers of the quorums and auxiliary organizations united, we beseech Thee. Make them one as Thou and Thy Son are one. The Jordan River Utah Temple.With these and many other principles in mind we render unto Thee the thanks and gratitude of our hearts.Bless Thy servants who preside over the missions of the Church, together with all of the missionaries who have gone forth to proclaim to the peoples of the earth the Restoration of the gospel and the plan of salvation. Protect them from all evil. Bless them with the gifts and powers of their ministry. Bless their families that they may be sustained in peace and comfort.And we thank Thee for pouring out Thy Spirit on the members of the Church to guide, comfort, and protect them and their children and grandchildren, over the generations.We are grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost, who comforts, teaches, and testifies to us of Thine everlasting truth. Because of that supernal gift, we know for ourselves that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that He lived a perfect life, and that because of His Atonement, we will be resurrected and can come home safely to Thee.

    President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, right, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, pose outside the Jordan River Utah Temple prior to its rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

    May all that is done here be done with an eye single to Thy glory and to the building of Thy kingdom. May we be filled with a desire to help Thee in Thy work to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of all Thy sons and daughters.Frustrate the designs of the adversary against Thy people and Thy work, and may the efforts of all who fight against Zion come to naught. May Thy glorious work roll on in majesty and power to fill the whole earth.As President Spencer W. Kimball prayed at the dedication of this temple: May the First Presidency be united by the Spirit and power of God in all their labors. In every thought, word, and act, may they and all of the other General Authorities of the Church glorify Thy name, that they may work in unity and harmony, committed to the purpose of helping to prepare a people qualified and ready to receive Thy Beloved Son.We give Thee thanks for Thy servant President Russell M. Nelson. Bless him with health and wisdom. Continue to reveal to him Thy mind and will pertaining to the advancement of Thy work among Thy children.

    The Jordan River Utah Temple is rededicated in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

    We give Thee thanks that by the power of the Holy Ghost we know that Thou and Thy Beloved Son appeared to Joseph Smith. We are grateful that Thou didst send heavenly messengers to restore the priesthood and all keys ever held by Thy prophets.We rededicate this sacred house of the Lord, now made even more beautiful and functional, to Thee, our Father, and to Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. It is our prayer that Thou wilt accept our offering, which we offer in humility, reverence, and love.The dedication on that day long ago suggests that the Lord inspired a prayer that is surely for our day and the years ahead:We thank Thee for the gift of Thy Beloved Son, who came into the world so that Thy sons and daughters may return to Thy loving presence, to live in families with Thee forever.Following is the prayer offered by President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in First Presidency, to rededicate the Jordan River Utah Temple on Sunday, May 20.

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    Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone Remembered as a Man of Christ




    And through him, the Lord was able to feed multitudes, he said.He was a lover of peopleand that gave him tremendous power, said President Eyring in closing remarks Friday at Elder Featherstones funeral at the Bountiful Regional Center. Sister Merlene Featherstone is embraced by loved ones following services for Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone in North Salt Lake on Friday, May 18, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.As expected, Brother Eyrings message to an emotional gathering of members was not well received. But then Elder Featherstone stood before the group and said that Brother Eyring had just shared with them the will of Gods prophet.President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency spent plenty of time with his good friend and fellow General Authority. And yes, he said, he was blessed for it.Paul T. Featherstone said his fatherdespite growing up shy, introverted, and rough around the edgesmade his life an offering to the Lord. Family and friends gather following services for Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone in North Salt Lake on Friday, May 18, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.The people answered his question by sustaining the prophet and his decision. They loved and trusted Elder Featherstone.NORTH SALT LAKE, UTAHPresident Eyring said there is much talk today about what it means to minister. Elder Featherstone believed ministering is to lead people to do the things that will, in the long run, make them happy.With tears in his eyes, Elder Featherstone promised the people that the situation would be resolved if they continued to follow the prophet. A short time later, the busing controversy was resolved amicably in the courts.Vaughn J. Featherstone was both a physical and spiritual giant who taught others key gospel principles such as tithing through his own quiet example, he added.His life was a daily manifestation of faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.The President of the Church and other key leaders chose not to accept their proposal. Brother Eyring was sent to California to deliver the decision to the local members.Hundreds of Elder Featherstones family members, fellow missionaries, friends, and associates in a life defined by gospel service participated in the memorial services. Joining President Eyring on the podium was President Russell M. Nelson, along with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.J. Scott Featherstone called his father a man of Christ and a master in the art of living. Sister Merlene Featherstone is embraced by loved ones following services for Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone in North Salt Lake on Friday, May 18, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.Remarks were also offered Friday by three of Elder Featherstones sonsPaul, Scott, and Joseph.Anyone who shared even brief amounts of time with Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone likely walked away with a life-changing story to tell.Elder Featherstone, who was presiding over the area and was sympathetic to the challenges facing the California parents and their children, met him in California.Elder Featherstone also loved, supported, and sustained his fellow General Authorities, noted Joseph M. Featherstone.President Eyring began his remarks by reading a letter of sympathy from the First Presidency to Sister Featherstone. The letter saluted her husbands Church service, which included his presiding leadership over the Texas San Antonio Mission and the Logan Utah Temple and as the Young Men General President.A native of tiny Stockton, Utah, Elder Featherstone died Saturday, May 12, in Bountiful, Utah. His wife of almost seven decades, Sister Merlene Miner Featherstone, and six children survive him. His eldest son, Ronald, preceded him in death.We rejoice with you in his life of devoted service.How many of you in the room, asked Elder Featherstone, will sustain the prophet?He cherished his wife of almost 68 years. In return, Sister Featherstone supported her husband through decades of Church service that often took him away from home.Decades ago, President Eyring was serving as the commissioner of the Churchs Board of Education. At the time, a heated public school busing controversy had developed in Southern California, angering many of the local Latter-day Saints. A proposal was made by many of the members to set up Church-operated schools at area meetinghouses.Elder Featherstones testimony was anchored to the Book of Mormon. He joyfully shared that testimony with his children and legions of others. He gave his whole life to the Savior.

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    Sunday July 15, 2018 @ 01:17:45 AM mt

    Elder Uchtdorf Goes Home to Berlin Where Walls and Generations Cant Divide German Saints




    Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf meets with pioneer members in the Berlin Germany Stake Center on May 14.In the evening, Elder Uchtdorf gathered with the youth and young adults in Berlin and invited them to ask questions.It was there, 70 years ago, amid a country still in ruins, that a kind person brought him a banana as a precious gift. For him it was too strange a fruit, something he had never seen or tasted before.Holding a piece of the Berlin Wall in his hands, Elder Uchtdorf recently spoke of his childhood in East Germany, the wall that once divided his country, pioneering Church members, and his visit to the city this May.The members have demonstrated decades of humble courage and loving persistence, which has moved the Church forward in Germany, said Elder Uchtdorf. Kleine schritte helfen, he said, translating, small steps help. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meets with the former president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, on May 15 and presents him with a detailed collection of his personal family history spanning five generations of ancestors. The meeting took place in President Gaucks office in the German Bundestag building.He was too young to be at the youth activity, held for youth 12 and older. But he had gone with his sister and no one had turned him away.There is a line of granite blocks running through Berlin, interrupted occasionally by a hotel or a subway building.The pair had a friendly, focused conversation, he said. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits historic sites in Berlin, Germany, with pioneer Church members on May 14.

    Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits historic sites in Berlin, Germany, with pioneer Church members on May 14.

    The years after that photograph were filled with isolation for Latter-day Saints in East Germany, whose faithfulness brought about the construction and dedication of the Freiberg Germany Temple.It was nice to go back there now and also think about what happened, said Elder Uchtdorf. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf meets with pioneer members in the Berlin Germany Stake Center on May 14. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits historic sites in Berlin, Germany, on May 14, with pioneer Church members, including Frank Abel, former district, mission, and temple president, and his wife, Helga Apel; Manfred Schtze, former stake president and Area Seventy, and his wife, Helga Schtze; Lothar Ebisch, former district president, and his wife, Helga Ebisch; and Gerhard Grnewald, former stake and temple president, and his wife, Karin Grnewald.Those activities brought about unity, gospel strength, and joy, he said. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits government leaders in Berlin, Germany, on May 15.Most of the young people raised their arm, not so much to ask questions, but to make statements about their gratitude for the gospel and to express their testimonies, Elder Uchtdorf said.He still remembers the smell of the tent, the smell of the forest, and walking across the sandy ground, his feet sinking deep into the soil.

    Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meets with the former president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, on May 15 and presents him with a detailed collection of his personal family history spanning five generations of ancestors. The meeting took place in President Gaucks office in the German Bundestag building.

    Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits historic sites in Berlin, Germany, with pioneer Church members on May 14.It was a brief trip that became very personal as it took him back to his youth and allowed him to see what the Lord has done in Germany, a unified land that now has two temples and 40,000 Church members.The most important part was actually to see how the membership in this isolation back then focused on the spirit of the gospel, he said.When you look around, when you are observant of what is happening, you can see the marking of the former wall, said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. It is right here present. You can follow it through the city, walking, see where it goes. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meets with the former president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, on May 15 in President Gaucks office in the German Bundestag building.There was a bridge between generations, and it was wonderful to see how they communicated and how they appreciated each other, said Elder Uchtdorf of the pioneer memberswho have witnessed eight decades of Church history in Germanyand the young missionarieswho were not alive when the Berlin Wall fell. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits with missionaries in Berlin, Germany, on May 14. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles responds to the greetings of missionaries in Berlin, Germany. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles outside of the German Bundestag building where he met with the former president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, on May 15. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits historic sites in Berlin, Germany, with pioneer Church members on May 14. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meets with the former president of Germany, Joachim Gauck, on May 15 in President Gaucks office in the German Bundestag building.James T. Burton, honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in the state of Utah, and Area Seventies Elder Michael Cziesla and Elder Axel H. Leimer accompanied Elder Uchtdorf during this visit.During his recent visit, Elder Uchtdorf joined with Frank Apel, a former district, mission, and temple president; Manfred Schtze, a former stake president and Area Seventy; Lothar Ebisch, a former district president; Gerhard Grnewald, a former stake and temple president; and Holger Rakow, a former Area Seventy and mission president. Also with the group were full-time missionaries.During his visit, Elder Uchtdorf also met with President Gauck, the former president of Germany, and presented him with a detailed collection of his personal family history spanning five generations of ancestors.Holding up a photograph of young boys from the Zwickau Branch, Elder Uchtdorf explained, The Church back then did everything possible, even under these difficult circumstances, to have activities for the young people so they could stay together. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf, with President Thomas S. Monson in front of the Berlin Dahlem meetinghouse in the 1990s. Photo courtesy of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf.As an 8-year-old boy, Elder Uchtdorf attended a youth activity in Berlin.They walked by the wall memorial and the Brandenburg Gate and stood in front of the historic Berlin Dahlem meetinghouse. They visited the sobering spot in Pltzensee where Helmuth Hbener, a young Latter-Saint and a vocal opponent of Nazism, was executed. They talked and they remembered.

    Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf greets Lothar Ebisch, a former district president, in Berlin, Germany, on May 14.

    The meeting took place in President Gaucks office in the German Bundestag building.The young missionaries observed this from the pioneer members, Elder Uchtdorf said. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits historic sites in Berlin, Germany, with pioneer Church members on May 14.Elder Uchtdorf returned to Berlin May 1315 to meet with President Joachim Gauck, the former president of Germany, and to visit sites of historical significance with pioneering Latter-day Saints in the country.The visit and return to Germany had important significance, Elder Uchtdorf said. We are living in a time which begs for situational awareness of our history, the history of the Church, the history of the world. This situational awareness will hopefully help us to see our purpose and also the plan of salvation and its blessings. LDS youth from the Churchs Zwickau Branch attend a youth activity in Berlin in 1949. The activity was held in Grunewald Forest. Photo courtesy of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

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    Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for June 2018




    TuesdaysFamilySearch.org and Family Tree Classesat 10:00 a.m. MDTWednesdaysIndexing Classes at 10:00 a.m. MDTIf you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. Access archived classes online atFamily History Library classes and webinars.The FamilySearchFamily History Libraryin Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for June 2018. Research classes this month will focus onCosta Rica(Spanish),Germany, the American West,Norway, andScotland. WeeklyFamilySearchsessions are offered on Family Tree, the catalog, indexing, and search. Participants can attend in person or online. See the calendar below for the complete list.No registration is required.Mark your calendars for events you want to join.Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in mountain daylight time (MDT).MondaysFamilySearch Catalog at 10:00 a.m. MDTThursdaysResearch Classes at 1:00 p.m. MDTWeekly webinars are organized along the followingtrack schedulethroughout the month:

    DATE / TIME

    CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)

    WEBINAR | ROOM

    Saturday, June 2, 1:00 p.m. MDT

    Recursos genealgicos de Costa Rica (Beginner)

    Webinar|Main B

    Tuesday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. MDT

    Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)

    Webinar|Main Lab

    Thursday, June 7, 1:00 p.m. MDT

    Using German Address Books to Locate Records (Beginner)

    Webinar| Main B

    Tuesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. MDT

    Tips and Tricks for Using the FamilySearch Historical Record Collection (Beginner)

    Webinar|Main Lab

    Thursday, June 14, 1:00 p.m. MDT

    United States Research: Mountain West Region (Beginner)

    Webinar|Main B

    Saturday, June 16, 1:00 p.m. MDT

    Quin me ayuda? (Beginner)

    Webinar|Main Lab

    Tuesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. MDT

    Starting Family Tree: Attaching Sources (Beginner)

    Webinar|Main Lab

    Thursday, June 21, 1:00 p.m. MDT

    Scottish Clans and Naming Patterns (Beginner)

    Webinar|2S Lab

    Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 a.m. MDT

    Overview of FamilySearch Memories (Beginner)

    Webinar|2N Lab

    Thursday, June 28, 1:00 p.m. MDT

    Finding an Ancestors Place of Origin in Norway: A Case Study, Part 1 (Beginner)

    Webinar|Main B

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    Looking Back: Reflections on Announcement of Revelation on the Priesthood




    I called Frank and Arline Talley, who then lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sister Talley said that, upon hearing the news, she telephoned Alexandre Mourra in Haiti. Brother Mourras response was a joyful exclamation: Glory to God! His next comment was, I cant believe it. Is it really true? He told her that he had more than 21 friends of African descent who were ready to join the Church. How soon can someone come over to baptize them? he asked.He replied, I dont care. Ive waited 20 years; whats 20 minutes more?On June 9, 1978, the First Presidency announced that a revelation had been received by President Spencer W. Kimball extending priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy male members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The dedication of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple, August 2425, 1985, was one of many occasions Ive witnessed on how the revelation has blessed lives. The country had been embroiled in riots over the issue of apartheid. Because of the revelation on the priesthood, this scene unfolded at the dedication: Afrikaners and Zulus embraced each other. The accents of members of British, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Irish, and Indian ancestry mingled with those who spoke Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, and other African languages. The gathering on the 1.5-acre temple site bore no evidence of the turmoil and strife occurring in other areas of the country. Whites, blacks, those of mixed-race ancestry, and Indians stood in line together, transcending ethnic and language barriers. In the temple, they sat side by side.On Friday, June 9, Fela Ramirez, an LDS friend, ran out of her house to tell him the news she had just heard on the radio. I could not believe it, he said. My knees almost gave way.On Sunday, June 4, Jos Ramon Diaz, a member for more than 20 years, bore his testimony in the San Juan Branch. He said, I have waited years for the priesthood, and I will wait forever if I have to.I went to the temple alone, and especially on Sundays and Saturdays when there were not organizations in the temple, when I could have it alone. It went on for some time as I was searching for this, because I wanted to be sure. We held a meeting of the Council of the Twelve in the temple on the regular day. We considered this very seriously and thoughtfully and prayerfully.The announcement was made on Friday morning; the Church News had already gone to press so we didnt get to write about this momentous event until the issue for the week ending June 17. We placed calls to leaders and members in many states and abroad to compile reports for that issue.Answering a question about the circumstances under which the revelation was given, President Kimball said:We had this special prayer circle, then I knew that the time had come. I had a great deal to fight, of course, myself largely, because I had grown up with this thought that Negroes should not have the priesthood and I was prepared to go all the rest of my life till my death and fight for it and defend it as it was. But this revelation and assurance came to me so clearly that there was no question about it.After one of the sessions, I snapped photos of Lydia and Isaac Mbele, a mixed-race couple, and then noticed a white woman, Jennifer Tonkin, approaching them. When they met, the two women joyfully embraced. Sister Tonkin had been instrumental in the conversion of Brother and Sister Mbele four years earlier. The picture I captured that day is, to me, a visual testimony of the blessings that came with that revelation in 1978.Sister Talley said that the chapel in the San Juan Branch was filled to capacity that Sunday. Everyone was weeping. Everyone was hugging each other. It was a thrilling thing to see. We were all so happy.Victor Nugent, a faithful Jamaican member, said, I never thought I would see the day. Does this mean that I can take my family to the temple?I asked the Twelve not to go home when the time came. I said, Now would you be willing to remain in the temple with us? And they were. I offered the final prayer and I told the Lord if it wasnt right, if He didnt want this change to come in the Church that I would be true to it all the rest of my life, and Id fight the world against it if thats what He wanted.On Sunday, June 11, Brother Diaz was in the hallway of the meetinghouse waiting to be interviewed before his ordination as an elder. A member passing by said, Theyre keeping you waiting.On December 5, the Church News staff met with President Spencer W. Kimball to talk about events that had transpired during the year. Our article was published in the issue of January 6, 1979.

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    Guest Artists Announced for 2018 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Concert




    Kelly and Morrison starred opposite each other in the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, where Morrison played the role of J. M. Barrie opposite Kelly, who appeared as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.The performances will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.On demandBroadway stars Laura Michelle Kelly and Matthew Morrison will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the annual Music for a Summer Evening concert held in conjunction with Pioneer Day.Tickets for the concert are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. mountain daylight time, through lds.org/events, or by phone at 801-570-0080. Each patron may request four tickets, and admission is open to those ages eight and older. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line by the flagpole on Temple Square for last-minute seating, which is often available.The concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center. The evening's themeBroadway.Laura Michelle Kelly is a Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress and singer for her star-making performance as Mary Poppins in the London stage production. Kelly has performed in numerous London musical productions as well as on radio and TV and in concert appearances at Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, the Royal Opera House, and Buckingham Palace.Laura Michelle KellyThe summer concert of 2012 with Katherine Jenkins won the choirs third Emmy Award.Watch onlineTicketsThese summer concerts featuring music by the choir and orchestra have been a long-standing tradition. Recent guest artists for the Pioneer Day concert have included Alex Boy (2017), the Kings Singers (2016), Laura Osnes (2015), Santino Fontana (2014), Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling (2013), Katherine Jenkins (2012), and Linda Eder and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2011). Prior concerts have been filmed and later rebroadcast on BYU Television.Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly are extraordinary performers who have a dynamic chemistry onstage that will delight our audiences, said Ron Jarrett, Mormon Tabernacle Choir president. We know they will bring down the house when they perform with the choir and Orchestra at Temple Square!

    Matthew Morrison. Photo by Brian Bowen Smith.

    The concert will be archived for on-demand viewing in English immediately following the live-stream concert. On-demand videos in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German will be available by July 30 onmotab.org/pioneerday.The choir will also welcome back Oscar Andy Hammerstein III, grandson of the famed lyricist and music theater producer Oscar Hammerstein II. He will join the choir and orchestra as the narrator of this special concert focusing on the Broadway contributions of his family. In 2017, Hammerstein narrated the Music: It Runs in the Family RootsTech concert. In addition to serving as the Hammerstein family historian, Hammerstein is also a painter, writer, and lecturer.Matthew Morrison is an actor, singer, and dancer who has been recognized for his work on stage and screen with Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award nominations. He is most well known to television audiences as Mr. Schuester in the musical comedy series Glee. In 2012, Morrison hosted and narrated the PBS special titled Oscar Hammerstein IIOut of My Dreams, which focused on the Broadway producers life and career.Oscar Andy Hammerstein III

    Laura Michelle Kelly. Photo by Paul Smith.

    Matthew MorrisonOn July 21, the concert will be streamed live onmormontabernaclechoir.org, theMormon Tabernacle Choir YouTube page,LDS.org,mormonchannel.org, and BYUtv in English. It will also be live streamed on the Mormon Channels YouTube language channels in Spanish,Portuguese,French, andGerman.Satellite broadcast

    Oscar Andy Hammerstein III. Photo by Ron Rinaldi.

    The concert will also be broadcast over the Church satellite system in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German. Multiple satellite air times will be available to accommodate local needs. Closed-captioning will be available in English only.Morrison and Kelly will also appear on the Sunday, July 22, Music and the Spoken Word broadcast. No tickets will be required for that event, which will be held in the Conference Center at 9:30 a.m. Patrons should be in their seats by 9:15 a.m.

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    Sunday July 15, 2018 @ 01:17:43 AM mt

    Where Were You When You Heard about the Revelation on the Priesthood




    Where were you when you heard about the revelation on the priesthood?I was 20 years old and serving my mission in Mexico, traveling in a nonmembers old van when we heard it announced over the radio. It was amazing, the feeling of joy. It seemed like a modern-day miracle, and I knew instantly it was a revelation from God. I wrote about it in my journal and glued in clippings from newspapers and magazines. Russell Wallace, Regal Park Ward, Lubbock Texas StakeI was living in Unterofferbach, Germany, with my three little kids and husband, a U.S. Air Force pilot. I remember walking over to answer the phone and hearing the news from our branch presidents wife. I was ecstatic.I was in a call box in Caversham, England, talking to my district leader, who told me. It was dusk and my companion, Sister Keiser, was crowded into that box with me. We were reporting for that week when he told me. I was in disbelief at first because the district leaders liked to play jokes on all of us. It was a momentous day. Shortly thereafter, I was privileged to teach a man and his son from Ghana. They were baptized and attended the Kingston Ward. Mary Jane Wadley, Pleasant Grove 9th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah StakeA couple of days later I attended a formal military dinner and awards ceremony with my husband. I was encircled by several officers, including one who was African American, who wanted to know my feelings about the news. What do you think about it? Why didnt they give you the priesthood?I was 31; most of them were much older. I did my best to share my testimony of the priesthood and the words of a prophet. I told them that the priesthood blessings were in my home. Im sure none of them remembered many things I said. But I remember. Carol H. Nielson, Springfield 4th Ward, Springfield Oregon Stake

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    Church Announces Redevelopment Plans for Mesa Arizona Temple Area




    In an effort to protect and revitalize the area surrounding the Mesa Arizona Temple, which is currently closed for renovations, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to begin construction this year on a redevelopment project to the west that includes residential and commercial development.Referring to this as Phase 1, officials said the Church owns additional property around the temple that will be redeveloped, with future plans to be announced.Renovation plans for the adjacent Mesa Temple block call for demolishing and relocating the temples visitors center. A new 18,000-square-foot visitors and family history discovery center will be built on the corner of Main Street and LeSueur as part of the project.In a few short years, this will be an area of the community that well all be proud of, he said.This is a beautiful and well-designed project, said Mike Hutchinson, executive vice president of the East Valley Partnership and former Mesa city manager. This will be a great example for other development interests in the downtown.MESA, ARIZONAThis project will be home to more than 500 new downtown residents and is slated to begin this fall with completion in late 2020 or early 2021, he said.David Davis, principal with Scottsdale-based Dale Gardon Design, who worked with CCRI on the plans, said most of the historic buildings along First Avenue will remain but the old family history building at First Avenue and LeSueur will be replaced with residential housing. He said the city has plans to put in a median, more trees along the side of the avenue, and parallel parking spaces.After years of planning in cooperation with city government and local development groups, officials revealed details for Mesa and Main, a new construction project on 4 acres west of the temple along Mesas Main Street light rail corridor, between Mesa Drive and LeSueur.The temple redevelopment project is a welcomed addition to downtown Mesa, Mayor John Giles said. We have many projects on tap that will help spark the revitalization of downtown, and this is one of them. Im excited to see the new homes and businesses that will welcome people into the heart of Mesa.You will see a transformation, a revitalization, said Dale Bills, communications director for City Creek Reserve Inc., an investment affiliate of the LDS Church that previously developed City Creek, a 23-acre urban community of residences, offices, and retail stores in downtown Salt Lake City.Our desire is to create an environment to provide people with a beautiful place to live and large enough to advance Mesas ongoing revitalization that encourages additional development in downtown, and does it in a context complementary to Mesas cultural past, Baldwin said.Mesa and Main represents years of patient planning in cooperation with city government, business development groups, and other stakeholders, Bills said at a press conference Thursday. We hope City Creeks commitment to significant investment at Mesa and Main will serve as a catalyst to encourage further development here in the heart of downtown Mesa. Rendering of the Mesa Arizona Temple Family Discovery Center. Matt Baldwin, real estate development director for CCRI, said vibrant and successful downtowns need people living there, working there, operating and frequenting commercial businesses, attending school, and enjoying cultural and civic events. This project will supplement what the city has done and is doing to create that.The project includes a new mixed-use community of 240 apartments, 12 townhomes, 1.6 acres of landscaped open space, approximately 12,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and 450 stalls of underground parking. These elements will replace vacant lots and buildings and seven single-family rental houses that have been requested to be torn down for the project.

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    Meet Elder David P. Homer: Trusting in the Lords Hand




    I remember lying on the living room floor of my parents house, he said. I closed the book, rolled over, and just thought about what I had been reading. This overwhelming sensation came from the Spirit that let me know that Joseph was who he said he was and that he did see what he said he saw.Now, we have six very active children, she said.Later, after Nancy had graduated from Brigham Young University and was working in Salt Lake City, they met while participating in a fireside at the Salt Lake Institute.Through it all, a lesson he learned in his youththat the presence of the Spirit is associated with servicehas stayed with him, whether it be in his recent calling as Area Seventy or as a nursery leader, or bulletin board specialist, a calling which he fulfilled while the family was in Australia.A man had spoken earlier in the meeting, a recent convert who had just received his temple endowment. He spoke of how much it had meant to him and how much he appreciated the two missionaries who had introduced him to the gospel about two years before.Sometimes, we dont see the fruits of our labors, he said. You just have to trust that the hand of the Lord is in it, because it is. Ive seen it so many times.I invited some people to speak, including this missionary, who came forward and bore his testimony. He talked about the fact he had struggled, and he wondered if he had accomplished much good.As he approached missionary age, he felt an urgency to gain his own testimony. Over a period of months, he studied the Book of Mormon and read almost everything he could find about the Prophet Joseph Smith.A missionary who had served initially in that stake was about to go home and had come back to that stake as his final area, recalled Elder Homer during aChurch Newsinterview on the occasion of his being sustained at April general conference as a new General Authority Seventy.

    Elder David P. Homer, General Authority Seventy

    Just before his General Authority call in April, they were living in St. Sulpice, Switzerland, where he was CEO of Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between General Mills and Nestl.

    Image by Aaron Thorup.

    You serve where youre called, and you do the best you can, he said. When you do that, the Lord really does make up the difference.The Homers family life was in frequent flux as he fulfilled a variety of executive positions over nearly 31 years with General Mills. His work included assignments in the United States, Latin America, Australia, Canada, and Europe.They were married shortly afterward.Elder Homer learned that through the many spiritual experiences he had while growing up in Salt Lake City in a home with faithful parents who served the Lord and loved the Church.Early during his ministry as an Area Seventy, Elder David P. Homer was presiding at a stake conference. The First Presidency had asked that youth and missionaries be invited to the meeting, part of an emphasis on hastening the work.He first became aware of Nancy Dransfield when he was a returned missionary enrolled at the University of Utah. Her mother and his sister-in-law were visiting teaching companions in Philadelphia, and they tried to do some long-distance matchmaking of David and Nancy. Neither was interested.Somehow, we connected the dots and found out that this missionary had been one of the ones that taught this man, Elder Homer said. So I invited both to come up to the stand, and I asked this brother, Do you have anything to say to this missionary? He pushed me out of the way (he was a big man) and he picked this missionary up off the ground and gave him the biggest bear hug youve ever seen. He explained that this missionary had been the one that had borne testimony to him in his home, and it was at that time he got his own testimony.Elder Homer served his mission in Hong Kong, where he grew to love the Chinese Saints.At age 14, he was assigned as a home teaching partner to John Pingree, a member of his ward. As a companionship, they would pray for and talk about their assigned families, not as adult to youth, but as partners in priesthood service. I learned that the Spirit comes with and is associated with service, Elder Homer said.The incident teaches a great lesson, Elder Homer mused.At a prayer meeting, we had to go around and introduce ourselves, Sister Homer recalled. I heard someone say, Dave Homer, and I thought, Oh, thats the guy. He was sitting behind me, and when I peeked at him, I noticed he was really cute. We chatted that night and went on a date two days later.

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