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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Saturday April 29, 2017 @ 05:30:27 AM mt

Viewpoint: The Articles of FaithOur Formal Declaration



The Prophet wrote: Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, Australia, the East Indies, and other places, the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear; till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.In response, Mr. Wentworth asked Joseph Smith about the beliefs and history of the Church.Because Mr. Barstow did not know much about the Church, he contacted John Wentworth, a newspaper editor in Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Hummel learned of the Church when he sat next to a girl on a bus and posed the question What do you Mormons believe? The girl recited the Articles of Faith.I encourage each of you to study the Articles of Faith and the doctrines they teach. If you will use them as a guide to direct your studies of the Saviors doctrine, you will find yourselves prepared to declare your witness of the restored, true church of the Lord. You will be able to declare with conviction: We believe these things (The Articles of Faith).Mr. Hummel got off the bus, looked up the Church, and requested the missionaries come and teach him more. He joined the Church and now claims a large posterity of Latter-day Saints (All Because a Child Knew the Articles of Faith).For brevity, clearness, and forthrightness of doctrinal presentation, the Articles of Faith are unexcelled, according to Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in his book, Mormon Doctrine. When compared with the muddled creeds formulated by the supposedly greatest religious thinkers of Christendom the Articles of Faith, coming forth as the spontaneous and inspired writing of one man, are a marked evidence of the spirit of revelation that rested upon the Prophet (p. 53).President Thomas S. Monson wrote in the June 2011 Friend magazine about a man named Sharman Hummel, whom he worked with in the printing business.Speaking at Harvard Law School on February 26, 2010, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said that our Articles of Faith, found at the end of the Wentworth Letter, remain today as our only formal declaration of belief.The Wentworth Letter and the Articles of Faith help people who are not Latter-day Saints understand how the Church is different from other churches. The letter articulates the history of the Church and our purpose.The Articles of Faith were not the work of a team of scholars but were authored by a single, inspired man who declared comprehensively and concisely the essential doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Elder Perry said. They contain direct and simple statements of the principles of our religion, and they constitute strong evidence of the divine inspiration that rested upon the Prophet Joseph Smith.At the request of Mr. John Wentworth, editor and proprietor of the Chicago Democrat, I have written the following sketch of the rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-day Saints, of which I have the honor, under God, of being the founder, wrote Joseph Smith.The impact of this sacred document lingers today.The Prophets responseknown as the Wentworth Letterwas not published in the Chicago Democrat or in any history of New Hampshire. Instead, it was published in Nauvoo in the Times and Seasons on March 1, 1842175 years ago this week.In 1842, George Barstow began compiling a history of the state of New Hampshire, and he wanted to include a chapter about the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The late Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught in his April 1998 general conference address that if members will use the Articles of Faith as a guide to direct their studies of the Saviors doctrine, they will find themselves prepared to declare their witness of the restored, true Church of the Lord.At the end of the letter, Joseph Smith wrote about the basic beliefs of the Church. This important and prophetic list has become known as the Articles of Faith.After 175 years the sacred text is still relevant.In the letter, the Prophet also wrote about the impact of the work of the Church:The letter is one of the choicest documents in our church literature; as also it is the earliest published document by the Prophet personally, making any pretension to consecutive narrative of those events in which the great Latter-day work had its origin, wrote Elder B. H. Roberts of the First Council of the Seventy. For combining conciseness of statement with comprehensiveness of treatment of the subject with which it deals, it has few equals among historical documents, and certainly none that excel it in our church literature (History of the Church, 4:53541).Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to the flame, it has spread with increasing rapidity, Joseph Smith wrote. Proud of the cause which they have espoused, and conscious of our innocence, and of the truth of their system, amidst calumny and reproach, have the Elders of this Church gone forth, and planted the Gospel in almost every state in the Union; it has penetrated our cities, it has spread over our villages, and has caused thousands of our intelligent, noble, and patriotic citizens to obey its divine mandates, and be governed by its sacred truths.

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Saturday April 29, 2017 @ 05:30:17 AM mt

Build on Foundation of Christ to Resist Sin Seventy Teaches



When we do things that make us better, kinder, gentler, more sensitive and spiritual, more virtuous and true, we are repenting, he said. When we choose the better path, we are repenting. Though we all repent of things in our lives that are sinful, most of our repenting comes from hearing His words and doing them, from turning to Him. This builds our foundation, and we want that foundation to be as big and as wide and as deep and sturdy as possible.

Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, General Authority Seventy

As a person stands upon a foundation built upon Christ, he or she is more able to notice the influences of Satan around him or her.Should this ever happen to you, repent and get back onto your foundation, he said. Start building your house again. Regardless of where you find yourself off your foundation, you can come back. The Saviors Atonement is real, and through Him, we have power to resist any of Satans temptations and be forgiven for our sins.If we build our foundation upon our Savior, we cannot fall, regardless of what Satan throws at us, said Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, General Authority Seventy, during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University March 14.As people act, they are repenting, Elder Clayton said.Thousands of students gathered for the devotional, held in the Marriott Center on the BYU campus, and listened as Elder Clayton spoke about building a house that wont fall because it is built upon the rock of our Redeemer.Elder Clayton shared ways an individual is able to come to Him.When a person has faith in Jesus Christ, he or she wants to act according to that faith, with real intent. Using the examples of attending church each Sunday and paying tithes and offerings, Elder Clayton spoke of a few ways a person acts according to his or her faith.PROVO, UTAHElder Clayton taught that building a strong foundation goes beyond an individuals lifea strong foundation blesses families and loved ones.We who have come to know the goodness of God and His blessings must build a foundation big enough and broad enough and sturdy enough to bless our marriage and to raise our children, he said. We protect them from the fiery darts of Satan by teaching them from their youth to build their foundations upon the rock. We must help them find faith in Christ, repent, and obtain every ordinance. It is our privilege and responsibility to teach and help raise a sin-resistant generation.It begins with faith in Christ, and central to true faith is action, he said.If we have true faith in our Redeemer, we do something about it because we have real intent, he said. And every time we act according to our faith in Him, we follow Him by hearing and doing His words. As we act with faith in Him, the Lord confirms our faith by blessing us with peace, answers to prayer, direction, comfort, and joy. And so our foundation becomes stronger, wider, and deeper.But just as the people of Alma in the Book of Mormon were able to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places (Mosiah 18:9), so can men and women today.After receiving these first two ordinances, we have the privilege of living what Nephi calls after the manner of happiness, growing our faith, repenting each day, receiving the priesthood, studying the scriptures, praying with real intent, inviting others to come unto Christ, obtaining all the ordinances of the temple available to us, marrying and having a family, searching out our ancestors and performing ordinances for them, having many, many friends, and much, much more.We will all face challenges, Elder Clayton said. The scripture doesnt say if we will feel Satans storms but when. Look around you. They are here now. We see wars and rumors of wars; love of money and appearance; immorality; pornography; infidelity; drug, alcohol, and social media addiction; attacks on religious freedom; attacks on the nature of marriage; and even attacks on the Savior Himself.It is through exercising faith in the Savior and repenting every day that followers of Christ prepare themselves for receiving ordinances such as baptism and confirmation.Taking a minute to speak soberly, Elder Clayton warned of the mists of darkness that come as a person steps off the strong foundation of Christ. Confusion, the desire to hide actions from others, becoming casual in covenants, and becoming quick to anger and find fault with others are all part of Satans mighty storm, the leader taught.When we stand upon our foundation with the Savior and His Apostles, we can see more clearly what is true and what is not, he said. With the clear and magnificent light of the Savior aided by the powerful influence of the Holy Ghost, we can detect the temptations of clever Satan in his efforts to weaken our faith.Just as Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone of the Church, we should allow Him to become the chief cornerstone of our lives, he said. We too must build our foundation on the teachings of the Savior and His apostles and prophets. And just as the household of God grows unto an holy temple in the Lord, we too can become more holy. What can be better than that?Whether it is turning to Heavenly Father through prayer, reading scriptures, or making changes for the better, a person is repenting.In the New Testament repentance comes from the word meta and noe, which means to change ones mind or purpose. Isnt that interesting? he asked. Every time we turn more to Christ, we are repentingwe are following Him.

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Saturday April 29, 2017 @ 05:30:10 AM mt

Angel Moroni Statue Tops Rome Italy Temple



Before the temple is dedicated, the public can tour the temple and surrounding grounds during an open house. The Church has yet to announce the date for the open house and dedication.Crews used a crane to hoist the statue more than 150 feet in the air before setting it in place. The statue is gilded with 22-karat gold leaf, and workers only touch it with gloves to avoid marking the delicate surface.Commonly placed on LDS temples, this 13-foot statue of an ancient Book of Mormon prophet symbolizes the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The statue of the angel Moroni prior to being raised to the top of the steeple on the Rome Italy Temple March 25, 2017. Children pose in front of the angel Moroni statue before it was raised skyward.The temple will serve more than 25,000 Church members living in Italy and in neighboring countries. Currently there are 155 operating temples worldwide, including 12 in Europe.Construction on the Rome Temple began on October 23, 2010, with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony led by President Thomas S. Monson.The Rome Italy Temple, currently under construction, received an angel Moroni statue Saturday, a sign that the temple is progressing toward completion.Today we witness the tangible progress being made on the construction of the Rome Temple, said Elder Alessandro Dini Ciacci, Area Seventy. We rejoice in this great milestone, conscious that as the workers will do their best to complete the construction as fast as possible, we will need to work alongside them to complete our spiritual preparation so that when the temple is dedicated we will be ready to participate in the sacred ordinances which will be performed there. The statue of the angel Moroni prior to being raised to the top of the steeple on the Rome Italy Temple March 25, 2017.Elder Larry Y. Wilson, General Authority Seventy and Executive Director of the Temple Department, commented on this historic day, saying, The Eternal City is known for its history, its beauty, and as a place of worship and faith. We are so pleased to add our sacred temple to this Christian tradition. Aerial rendering of the Rome Italy Temple and the surrounding area.

The statue of the ancient Book of Mormon prophet Moroni is secured in place on the tallest steeple of the Rome Italy Temple March 25, 2017.

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Saturday April 29, 2017 @ 05:30:03 AM mt

First Presidency Releases Statement on Homelessness



The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints authorized the release of the following statement on April 6, 2017:Homelessness is a tragic condition that afflicts individuals and even families in many places, including Utah. The causes are varied, and solutions are often difficult, but whether homelessness stems from conflict, poverty, mental illness, addiction, or other sources, our response to those in need defines us as individuals and communities.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feels keenly a responsibility to help in a Christlike way and has participated in efforts to address homelessness for many years, particularly in the Salt Lake Valley. Our farms and facilities provide food, clothing, and resources. We have partnered with government, relief organizations, community groups, and other faiths to care for those in need and to help address the underlying causes of homelessness.The Churchs institutional response is made possible by the ongoing generous humanitarian and other contributions of Church members. In addition, many members do what they can as individuals and families to support community efforts designed to assist the homeless, for which we express our gratitude.Over the last decade, the Church has donated cash and commodities totaling more than $42 million to eight community and religious organizations that serve the homeless in Salt Lake City. There are dozens of partners that draw upon the Churchs food reserves at bishops storehouses on a monthly basis. In addition, the Church offers counseling services, employment training, job placement, and personal ministering to the homeless. To support the current efforts of city and county officials, the Church earlier agreed to sell its Deseret Industries facility at 130 East 700 South to Salt Lake City for use as one of three or four planned homeless resource centers. In addition, we are in active discussions with community partners to identify where the greatest needs exist and how the Church may offer additional help.We are grateful for the willingness of government, community, and civic leaders to tackle this issue. We applaud their continuing efforts to find solutions that will not only relieve the suffering inherent in homelessness but also implement measures that will help homeless individuals become self-reliant and deal with criminal elements that prey on the homeless.

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Saturday April 29, 2017 @ 05:29:56 AM mt

Sister Carol F. McConkie: We Can Find Christ in the Book of Mormon



It is little wonder then that our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, taught and testified of the power of the Book of Mormon and exhorted us all, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. He promised that as we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heavens help in our lives. It is my sincere hope and prayer that every young woman, her family members, and her leaders will respond to this inspired, prophetic exhortation and thereby receive a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel, [which] will help see us through to safety (The Power of the Book of Mormon, Apr. 2017 general conference).For my friend, this experience set him on a path of righteousness that opened his heart to spiritual experiences which had converting power. He continued to study and to apply the sacred teachings of the Book of Mormon until he was blessed to realize President Hinckleys final promise: There will come into your lives a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.He said, I finished reading the entire Book of Mormon for the first time in my life on Christmas Eve. I wanted to give my Savior the only real gift that I could possibly give Him, my obedience to His commandments and willingness to follow His prophet (shared with permission).Like my friend who responded to the prophet of his youth, our young women will realize the prophetic promises in their lives as they faithfully respond to President Monsons plea. What event could be more important than hearing the voice of the Spirit of the Lord? What skill or opportunity could take priority over the power to resist temptation and to overcome fear and doubt? Is there anyone too busy to receive heavens help?As another testament of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is a sacred invitation to come unto Christ, to feel His love, to follow Him, to know Him, and to receive every good gift, including peace in this life and exaltation in the world to come.One young man shared how responding in obedience blessed his life. He wrote, To this day, I have no idea why I accepted President Hinckleys challenge to read the Book of Mormon. I had absolutely no desire to read it, but I can remember feeling like I should read it. He said that he had become disillusioned with the gospel of Jesus Christ because he could see no relevance for it in his dysfunctional family. His peers who had no use for the Church seemed successful in their activities and satisfied with their lives. But as he kept his commitment, he recognized that by consistently reading the Book of Mormon, he felt empowered to resist the temptations that seemed to relentlessly bombard him. He testified, I was strengthened and preserved by the protecting promise of a prophet.In the sacred pages of the Book of Mormon, we find our Savior. We study that we may know how to come unto Christ and be sanctified in Him by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot (Moroni 10:33). In heeding the precepts of the Book of Mormon we gain a testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel which will see us through to safety.About 12 years ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley extended a similar invitation to read and study the Book of Mormon, accompanied by these promises: There will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God (A Testimony Vibrant and True, Ensign, Aug. 2005).The Book of Mormon was written by prophets of God to help us learn how to come unto Christ. The prophet Nephi explained, For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved (1 Nephi 6:4). For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do (2 Nephi 25:23).As we celebrate the life and the Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ and His victory over sin and over the grave, we remember His atoning sacrifice and His perfect love. As we consider His suffering beyond compare to cleanse us all from sin and to lift and heal our hearts and minds, we feel a depth of gratitude that inspires our love and devotion. We feel a deeper desire to come unto Christ, to know Him more completely, and to follow Him more perfectly.

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Saturday April 29, 2017 @ 05:29:56 AM mt

Idaho Falls Temple Open House Begins



In the original dedicatory prayer of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, President Smith asked the Lord to accept the edifice as a freewill offering of His children and expressed gratitude that we have been permitted to rear this temple on this beautiful spot upon the bank of one of Thy majestic rivers, the waters of which have made it possible for Thy faithful Saints residing here to subdue the land and establish delightful homes. The original construction site of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, which was dedicated September 23, 1945, by President George Albert Smith. The temple will be rededicated June 4, 2017, following extensive renovations.Before its closure, the Idaho Falls Temple served members in about 60 stakes throughout eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. It will be rededicated on Sunday, June 4, 2017. All three of the dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to all stakes in Idaho. On Saturday, June 3, youth from throughout the temple district will present a cultural celebration.

The stained glass featured in the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.

With its brilliant white exterior and location on the banks of the Snake River, the Idaho Falls Temple stands as a focal point in the area. In a news release from Mormon Newsroom, local resident Kevin Call called the temple a monument on the river, a beautiful place.Since its closure on Monday, March 16, 2015, the Idaho Falls Temple has undergone extensive renovations, including an upgrade of its mechanical and electrical systems and the restoration of its original murals, which were painted by leading LDS artists in the 1930s and 40s.

The garden room of the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.

The chandelier in the celestial room of the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.

The open house will welcome visitors for tours through Saturday, May 20, excluding Sundays. For reservations, visit www.templeopenhouse.lds.org.

The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, located near the banks of the Snake River, has been closed for more than two years for renovations. It will be rededicated June 4, 2017.

The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, located near the banks of the Snake River, has been closed for more than two years for renovations. It will be rededicated June 4, 2017. Garden room of the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.. President David O. McKay, then of the First Presidency, inspects the baptismal font oxen of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple prior to its dedication September 23, 1945, by President George Albert Smith. The Idaho Falls Temple will be rededicated June 4, 2017, following extensive renovations. Part of the grand staircase in the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple features a painting of Jesus Christ instructing His disciples.

Renovations in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, which has been closed for more than two years, include updated furnishings. The temple will be rededicated June 4, 2017.

An instruction room of the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.

The original construction site of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, which was dedicated September 23, 1945, by President George Albert Smith. The temple will be rededicated June 4, 2017, following extensive renovations. The creation room of the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. Baptistry in the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. Instruction room in the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.

A mural in the celestial room of the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHOIn 1960, a visitors center was completed and later remodeled, and a statue of the angel Moroni was added to the temples iconic tower steeple in 1983. A sealing room of the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.After being closed for more than two years, the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple will welcome visitors to tour its newly renovated interior during its public open house beginning Saturday, April 22. Construction workers labor on the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, which was dedicated September 23, 1945, by President George Albert Smith. The temple will be rededicated June 4, 2017, following extensive renovations.

A mural in the garden room of the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.

Brides room in the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.Since its completion, three more temples have been dedicated in Idaho, including the Twin Falls Idaho Temple, Boise Idaho Temple, and Rexburg Idaho Temple. The Meridian Idaho Temple is scheduled to be dedicated on November 19, 2017. President Thomas S. Monson also announced plans during general conference earlier this month to build a temple in nearby Pocatello. Reception desk in the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. The celestial room of the newly renovated Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.Mormon settlers first arrived in the Upper Snake River Valley in 1879. Plans to build a temple in the area were first announced in March 1937. After its dedication on September 23, 1945, by President George Albert Smith, the templesituated just above the falls for which the city is namedbecame the first temple in Idaho and the Churchs 8th temple. The temple followed the dedication of the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1927, some 18 years prior. Renovations in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, which has been closed for more than two years, include updated furnishings. The temple will be rededicated June 4, 2017.

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Friday April 28, 2017 @ 03:35:43 PM mt

New Stakes and Stake Presidencies Announced in April 2017



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.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.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.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.TORRANCE 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.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.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.Reorganized StakesARAPAHOE 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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.SANTA 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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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 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.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 Broulims.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.New StakesCOTTONWOOD 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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.

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Friday April 28, 2017 @ 03:35:43 PM mt

Seventy Shares Secrets of Life with Latest BYU Graduates



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. 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.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.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. 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.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.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. 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.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.Building professions is key to that work, she said.Over time, the meaning changed to mean something negative.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.As the athletes walked to the finish line together, their parents stood and cheered for a long time.

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.

The 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.President Worthen encouraged grads to be childlike, experiencing awe more fully and more often than adults. 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.I remind us all that saving just one life is worth all the effort we can put in, she said.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. To have intellectual strength we must accompany that with action.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.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. 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.PROVO, UTAHMake a difference 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.Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, the executive chairman of the AMAR Foundation, received an honorary doctorate.Unfortunately, increased knowledge can sometimes diminish our ability to experience awe, he said.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.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.

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.

Part of living in our days means individuals will face opposition, and life wasnt designed to be easy, the leader taught.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.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.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.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.I stand humbled to become one of your newest alumni at one of the most prestigious universities, she said.Be AwfulCenturies ago, awful had a very positive connotation. Its original meaning was awe-inspiring, worthy of respect, and profoundly respectful or reverential.The second part of his charge comes as a three-word admonition: Dont pejorate; ameliorate.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.

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.

BYU president Kevin J Worthen conducted and shared brief remarks that included the unlikely counsel to be awful.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.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.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.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.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.

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.

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.Other 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. 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.Recognizing it can be a good thing to be competitive and successful, Elder Foster warned about making owning things a top priority.

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Friday April 28, 2017 @ 01:12:43 PM mt

President Uchtdorf Visits Europe during Season of Temple Building



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. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks to Latter-day Saints in Amsterdam on April 14.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, 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. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits with members during an open house in Darmstadt, Germany, on Tuesday, April 11. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks to Latter-day Saints in Amsterdam on April 14. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf participate with members 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.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 (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, Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf, and Sister Antje Uchtdorf Evans participate in a member meeting in Amsterdam on April 14. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits with members during an open house in Darmstadt, Germany, on Tuesday, April 11. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf greets members during a meeting in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, on April 6, 2017. 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.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.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. On April 11, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits the Frankfurt Germany Temple, which is being renovated. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits with members during an open house in Darmstadt, Germany, on Tuesday, April 11.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 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. Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf speaks to Latter-day Saints in Amsterdam on April 14. On April 11, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits the Frankfurt Germany Temple, which is being renovated.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. 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. 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 Dieter F. Uchtdorf walks through the gardens of the Paris France Temple on April 9, 2017.It was marvelous to see the completed Paris France Temple, constructed within walking distance of Versailles, said President Uchtdorf.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.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?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. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf participate in a member meeting in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, on April 6, 2017. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf visit The Hague Netherlands Temple on April 14.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.

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

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.The Church is progressing, he said, but it always goes back to the individual, the individual life.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.Everywhere President Uchtdorf spoke, he asked members to keep the commandments and trust the Lord. A choir sings during a member meeting in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, on April 6, 2017.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.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.

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

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. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf participates in a member meeting in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, on April 6, 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.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.

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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Friday April 28, 2017 @ 03:00:07 AM mt

Youth Challenged to Know for Themselves in Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland



Elder Holland added that God will not compete with the sounds of the world, and the Spirit really does come in a still and small voice. I think so often we make prayer a laundry list of requests and we fail to remember that He is supposed to speak back to us. We need to let Him talk to us in a quiet setting, he said.Topics of the questions from youth included listening to the Holy Ghost, improving scripture study, sharing the gospel with others, being a good example to family and friends, personal revelation, how to access the Lords Atonement, and more.

Local youth attend the live Face to Face event with President Henry B. Eyring and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in Palmyra, New York, on March 4.

Patriarchal blessings Youth perform a musical number during the Face to Face event with President Eyring and Elder Holland March 4.Sharing the gospelMany youth expressed concerns about the decisions their family and friends were making and wanted to know how they could be an example to them.In answering the question How we can feel the Spirit when the world is so loud? President Eyring shared that he has had personal experiences where he has heard the voice of God, but they were only in times when he was quiet and willing to submit to the Lords will. Once we ask for direction, President Eyring said, we need to be willing to do what God wants us to do, like Joseph Smith did.Recognizing the Holy GhostOn the topic of patriarchal blessings, President Erying shared a personal example of how he received his own blessing. He expressed that a patriarchalblessing is something to take seriously and can provide warnings for us in our life. But dont expect it to be comforting, he clarified. Its whatever the Lord wants it to be for you. Local youth attend the live Face to Face event with President Henry B. Eyring and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in Palmyra, New York, on March 4.I tried praying in it too, and I kneeled down and I asked if I could feel again that this was the place that God and the Savior appeared, and I got a sweet assurance that it was true.Feeling the Spirit President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency, right, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, left, greet young women who attended the live Face to Face event in Palmyra, New York, March 4.One of the first questions asked was What can we learn about personal revelation from Joseph Smiths experience with the First Vision?Youth are invited to share their experiences and what they learned on face2face.lds.org or on social media using #LDSFace2Face.

President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency addresses youth worldwide during a Face to Face event March 4 in Palmyra, New York.

Youth submitted more than a thousand questions on LDS.organd thousands more on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in preparation for this event. PresidentHenry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, and ElderJeffrey R. Hollandof the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles took turns answering some of the questions related to the 2017 Mutual theme, Ask of God.In response to the question of How can we discern between what is the Holy Ghost and our own feelings? President Eyring said he looks for a feeling of peace. Elder Holland agreed and added that the feeling must be consistent with other revelations that the Lord has given.For those of you in the audience wondering if Heavenly Father knows you, oh, my, does He know you. He is watching you and He knows everything about you, President Eyring told youth during the March 4 Face to Face worldwide broadcast.Elder Holland said that Joseph Smith received inspiration from James 1:5 because he reflected on it again and again.After the event, Natalie Pendleton, age 17, from Spanish Fork, Utah, said she learned about how to keep her faith from decaying. Its by reading your scriptures and praying. Thats how we are converted the first time, and that is how we keep reconverting, she said.President Eyring noted that it is important for the person to feel that you love and care about them. The Spirit of Christ is abroad in the world so that good people will resonate with your testimony. They will sense in it something good, he said.Some youth were concerned about how they can share the gospel without being overbearing or offending people. Elder Holland explained that there is a difference between being righteous and self-righteous, and if we are trying to be righteous, the Lord will put words in our heart.President Eyring said Josephs first step in receiving revelation was that he knew the scriptures and he believed them, and then he went off into the grove to pray.Elder Holland also testified that one of the most powerful messages we can learn from the First Vision is how personal God and the Savior are with each of us. They knew Joseph by name, and They also know us perfectly.The First VisionAt the end of the event, President Eyring and Elder Holland closed with their powerful testimonies of the restored gospel. President Eyring told the story of Joseph Smith returning to his home after the First Vision and, leaning against the fireplace mantle, testifying that he knew for himself what was true.In a venue located near the Joseph Smith family farm and the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York, President Eyring and Elder Holland were joined by a group of youth from upstate New York and two youth groups from Plymouth,England, and Johannesburg, South Africa, who participated via video conference, along with thousands of other youth all over the world.I would like to extend a challenge to the youth of the Church. Come to know for yourself that these things are true, President Eyring said.My dear young friends, I am grateful to be with you today in this sacred place. The fact that you have chosen to participate with us in this broadcast says something important about you, President Eyring said.Being an exampleElder Holland added, Its not always in ourcontrol the timing and the moment in which [the blessings and promises] will be fulfilled.Theres a difference between just doing your scripture reading, just doing your verse for the day, or your five minutes, or whatever it is to fulfill your seminary obligation. The power is going to be in the depth of the scriptures, my young friends.You cant control everybody elses life, Elder Holland responded. What you do have control over is your life, and if you can be that disciple that is powerful. President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency, right, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, left, participate in a Face to Face broadcast originating in Palmyra, New York, March 4.President Eyring said helping our loved ones is going to be different for everybody, but the best thing we can do is keep loving them.

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