Articles of News/Week of December 19th

By December 19, 2017Articles

11 Mormon-Themed Questions That Have Been Asked on “Jeopardy!

Did you know Jeopardy! has included many references to Mormon culture? During the 30th season of the popular game show, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” was featured as a category in an episode broadcast on October 15, 2013. Producers from Jeopardy! worked with representatives from LDS Public Affairs to accurately represent facts, images, and videos about the Church. Other episodes throughout the show’s history have included Mormon references in categories such as “Religion,” “The Book of Mormons,” and “American History.”

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Church Announces Major Changes for Youth Participating in Baptisms for the Dead

The Church announced major changes for all priests holding the Aaronic priesthood and young women with limited-use temple recommends on Thursday, according to lds.org.

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First Presidency Sends 2017 Christmas Message

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Celebrates Christmas Broadway-style

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Celebrates Christmas Broadway-styleBroadway artist Sutton Foster and British actor Hugh Bonneville joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City Thursday night, December 14, 2017, for the first of three performances to celebrate the Christmas season. The 18th annual Christmas concert from the Conference Center also features the Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square.

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US President Visits Welfare Square

He was greeted by President Henry B. Eyring of the Church’s First Presidency; President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Bishop Gérald Caussé of the Presiding Bishopric; and Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president.

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LDS Charities joins humanitarian event hosted by Prince Charles

The event at Lancaster House, commemorating AMAR’s twenty-fifth anniversary, was attended by the Foundation’s beneficiaries and supporters – along with faith leaders and others including Lord Ahmad, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office who serves as the British Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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‘Light the World’ Christmas Initiative Encourages Christlike Service

Latter-day Saints and their friends around the world are encouraging the public to participate in service opportunities during the Christmas season to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ. The “Light the World” Christmas initiative will reach worldwide audiences beginning Friday, November 24, 2017, and will run through Christmas Day, December 25.

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LDS Church donates another $5 million in 2017 for refugee resettlement in U.S.

For a second straight year, the LDS Church has donated $5 million worth of aid to the nine voluntary refugee resettlement agencies in the United States.

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Church Statement on Southern California Fires

The impact of the fires in southern California on local communities has been severe and devastating. Two Church buildings in the area are being used as a temporary community centers, and we are in touch with relief partners to understand where the Church can be most helpful. A few Church buildings have sustained minor smoke damage, but thus far none have been destroyed. Church members are safe and accounted for, but several have lost homes as a result of the fires. Local Church leaders are assessing needs in the community and making plans to assist in local shelters and feeding locations this weekend. Evaluations are ongoing as first responders work to control the fires.

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