Author: John Huntinghouse

New Photos Released: Salt Lake Temple Renovation

From the Church Newsroom: Church President Russell M. Nelson announced the pioneer-era temple will close December 29, 2019, and will remain closed for approximately four years while undergoing a major structural and seismic renovation. The temple is expected to reopen in 2024 with a public open house. “This project will enhance, refresh, and beautify the temple and its surrounding grounds,” said President Nelson. “Obsolete systems within the building will be replaced. Safety and seismic concerns will be addressed. Accessibility will be enhanced so that members with limited mobility can be better accommodated.” The surrounding area on Temple Square and the plaza near the Church Office Building will also be affected as existing buildings are demolished and the area undergoes renovation and restoration. The existing annex and temple addition on the north side, which were built in the 1960s to add needed support facilities and more sealing (marriage) rooms, will be demolished and rebuilt. “The Salt Lake Temple is the center of Temple Square and the Church headquarters campus,” said Bishop Dean M. Davies, first counselor in the Church’s Presiding Bishopric. “New site improvements including multiple entry points will provide better access and views to the temple and through Temple Square. The new landscape will provide a pleasant atmosphere for all who visit Temple Square.” Temple Improvements The renovation of the temple will involve replacing the historic building’s aging mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems,...

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Members of the Church Share Photos of Watching General Conference From Around the World

There is nothing more unifying than General Conference to unify the over 16 million members of the church from around the world. So we decided to post some of the photos that were submitted to us on our Facebook pages.  If you have a photo you would like us to feature, just send it to us on our Facebook page.     Courtesy of Alex Jensen   Courtesy of Ambar Mariana Argo   Courtesy of Angela-Ocheltree   Courtesy of Angela-Ocheltree   Ann Cheri Jensen     Courtesy of Aubrey Isaksen   Courtesy of Brady Richards                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ...

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Most Hilarious Tweets and Memes from General Conference 2019

I hope someone talks about the Word of Wisdom while we have these salad bar vibes going on. #GeneralConference — Amanda Meldau (@amandameldau) April 6, 2019 Elder Stevenson brining in quotes from professional athletes is a great way to get the attention from the Aaronic priesthood holders. Also the High Priests who still remember when they used to be able to play sports and still wish they could and some who still think they can. — Stake Clerk, The (@TheStakeClerk) April 7, 2019 My new meaning for K.I.S.S. Is: KeepItSpirituallySimple Thank you #PresBallard #GeneralConference #TwitterStake — Leading Saints...

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Church Updates Policy on Baptizing Children of Parents Who Identify Themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender

The Church Newsroom just released the following statement from the leadership session of General Conference: “At the direction of the First Presidency, President Oaks shared that effective immediately, children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may be baptized without First Presidency approval if the custodial parents give permission for the baptism and understand both the doctrine that a baptized child will be taught and the covenants he or she will be expected to make. A nonmember parent or parents (including LGBT parents) can request that their baby be blessed by a worthy Melchizedek Priesthood...

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Church Releases Data for the First Time Ever on Gospel Library Usage

For the first in its history, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released internal data showing usage of the Gospel Library app the results are not all that surprising. The chart above seems to indicate that the majority of the church members don’t use the app except for Sundays. One ward council member stated that he runs into significant problems during ward council trying to open the Gospel Library app because he never opened it during the week and now has to wait as the entire council is trying to download the latest updates at the...

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