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February 27, 2020

Prophet Invites the World to Consider, ‘How Do You Hear Him?’ (Church Newsroom) (February 27, 2020)
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared the following message today on his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Brasília Brazil Temple Rendering Released (Church Newsroom) (February 27, 2020)
An exterior rendering has been released showing the planned design of the Brasília Brazil Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

RootsTech Returns to London in 2020 (Church Newsroom) (February 27, 2020)
FamilySearch is excited to announce that RootsTech will return to London in 2020. The three-day event will be held on 5–7 November 2020 at the ExCeL London Convention Centre. Learn more about RootsTech London 2020, or register at

February 26, 2020

LDS Business College changes its name and makes another historic announcement (Church News) (February 26, 2020)
The 131-year-old LDS Business College is changing its name — reflective of the Church’s ongoing commitment to use the correct, divinely-directed name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

'A historic day': LDS Business College to rebrand as Ensign College, offer bachelor's degrees (KSL - Utah) (February 26, 2020)
The LDS Business College will soon be renamed Ensign College and expand to include three bachelor’s degree programs and an online curriculum, school officials and leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday.

New Primary General Board Members Named (Church Newsroom) (February 26, 2020)
Four new members have been called to the Primary general board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The new board members are Brittany Beattie, Riverton, Utah; Kaylene Porter Harding, Lindon, Utah; Christine C. Ivory, Holladay, Utah; and Amy M. Jones, Highland, Utah.

Latter-day Saints Distribute More Than $6.3 Million #LightTheWorld Donations to Charity (Church Newsroom) (February 26, 2020)
Latter-day Saints are distributing unique items and services worth more than $6 million in support of 45 global and local charities and their communities.

This college wrestler and midshipman was just called to the first branch presidency for the Navy service academy (Church News) (February 26, 2020)
Get accustomed to using plenty of identifiers if you plan to write a profile on Latter-day Saint student-athlete Casey Cobb: Returned missionary. Division 1 college wrestler. Navy midshipman. Mechanical engineering major. Future U.S. Marine Corps officer.

BYU professor says school’s gay Honor Code change is 'a blessing,’ especially for those who don’t like it (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (February 26, 2020)
After Brigham Young University surprisingly removed its ban on “homosexual behavior,” finance professor Jim Brau walked into class last week knowing his students would be thinking about that major change to the Honor Code.

Stanford Behavior Scientist Says This Is The Key To Change (Forbes) (February 26, 2020)
I flossed my teeth last night. Did you? If you did, it might be because you came across some tools and ideas to help you build good habits. It might even be thanks to Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, the new book by BJ Fogg, founder and director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University.

February 25, 2020

Latter-day Saint Charities Blessed Millions of Lives in 2019 (Church Newsroom) (February 25, 2020)
Latter-day Saint Charities’ global footprint expanded in 2019 to bless millions of lives in 142 countries and territories through 3,221 completed projects with 2,000 partners. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ humanitarian organization released these numbers and more today in its 2019 Annual Report.

Church’s commitment to care for those in need — anywhere in the world — reflected in annual report (Church News) (February 25, 2020)
In the opening months of 2020, humanitarian crises such as the coronavirus outbreak in China and weeks of earthquakes in Puerto Rico snagged headlines, prompting worldwide concern.

Elder Christofferson receives George Washington Honor Medal from Freedoms Foundation (Church News) (February 25, 2020)
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was honored by the Utah Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge during their annual Heroes and National Awards Luncheon in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Feb. 19.

Quarantine lifted for Latter-day Saint missionaries returned from Hong Kong (Fox 13 - Utah) (February 25, 2020)
After being quarantined for fourteen days, missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints serving in Hong Kong have been reassigned to their new areas.

Westwater, a Navajo community in rural Utah, might finally get running water and electricity (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (February 25, 2020)
When San Juan County updated its general plan in 2018, it included an official annexation map prepared by Blanding that indicated land the city hoped to incorporate at a future date.

Polygamy, politics and frontier justice: Why Nauvoo still matters (Religion News Service) (February 25, 2020)
Historian Benjamin Park, an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, has written a compelling and accessible history of Mormonism in the 1840s. Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier releases tomorrow from W. W. Norton’s Liveright imprint, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to better understand Joseph Smith, polygamy, politics, and how profoundly this chapter of Mormon history affected everything that came after.

Third man charged in alleged racially motivated attack on missionary (Deseret News - Utah) (February 25, 2020)
The third man arrested in connection with an alleged hate crime against a black missionary was formally charged Monday. Nathan W. Thomas, 19, of Santaquin, was charged in 4th District Court with assault, a third-degree felony. He is now listed as a co-defendent along with brothers Sebastian Francis West, 19, and Malachi Bay West, 20, of Payson, who were also charged with assault. If convicted, the trio could face hate crime and gang enhancements at sentencing.

Latter-day Saints fraud lawsuit moved to settlement hearing (Associated Press) (February 25, 2020)
Allegations of fraud against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been referred to a settlement conference by a Utah court. McKenna Denson's fraud allegations against Provo Missionary Training Center President Joseph L. Bishop and the church were dismissed more than a year ago because the statute of limitations had passed, KUTV-TV reports.

February 24, 2020

President and Sister Oaks Host Face to Face Event (Church Newsroom) (February 24, 2020)
“We want to know how the children and youth program is going,” said President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Update on Impact of Coronavirus on Latter-day Saint Missionaries and Members (Church Newsroom) (February 24, 2020)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on people around the world, including the ability of our missionaries to effectively find and teach, and of our members to gather for worship. We pray for all those affected by this illness and plead for the Lord's blessings during this difficult time.

Sister Eubank Encourages Women to Become Global Citizens (Church Newsroom) (February 24, 2020)
Sister Sharon Eubank of the Relief Society general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is calling on women to become global citizens. “I like this topic because we're talking about becoming global citizens. And I hope that every single one of us walks out of here with something in your heart that you care a lot about what you're going to do," said Sister Eubank.

RootsTech Prepares to Celebrate 10th Event (Church News) (February 24, 2020)
In less than a week, thousands will gather at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City—and even more will gather online—to participate in RootsTech, Wednesday through Saturday, February 26–29.

How rich Latter-day Saints use their own nonprofits to pay tithing and other church contributions (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah) (February 24, 2020)
In 2017, the T & A Wright Family Foundation sent $26,200 to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The nonprofit is operated out of the Heber City home of Tom and Amanda Wright. The contribution to the church was the biggest donation the foundation made that year, according to the organization’s tax return. The standardized IRS form asked the foundation to describe the purpose of the donation.

February 20, 2020

First Presidency releases new general handbook for Church leaders, members (Church News) (February 20, 2020)
A new, universally-available administrative handbook for all Latter-day Saint leaders and members has replaced Handbook 1 and Handbook 2, which the Church has now labeled “obsolete.”

A Look Inside the New General Handbook for Church Leaders and Members (Church Newsroom) (February 20, 2020)
The new handbook for leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (first announced in January) is now available in English online and in the Gospel Library app. Nine of the 38 chapters have been completely rewritten, and one section of another chapter has been updated. See the summary of the changes below. Also see a list of frequently asked questions.

Video shows how to use and find content in the new General Handbook (Church News) (February 20, 2020)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released an implementation and training video to help members and leaders implement and find information in the new “General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” released online and in the Gospel Library app on February 19.

Church announces new wi-fi network for meetinghouses, facilities (Church News) (February 20, 2020)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a new wireless network to replace the “LDSAccess” network in meetinghouses and other Church facilities.

Former BYU, Pittsburgh Steeler lineman called as stake president (Church News) (February 20, 2020)
Chris Hoke, former BYU and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman, was called Feb. 16 to preside over the Pittsburgh North Stake. Many who follow Cougar football and the National Football League will recognize President Hoke, who played for BYU in the late 1990s and wore a Steelers uniform for 11 seasons from 2000-2011. During that time he was part of two Super Bowl winning teams (Super Bowls XL and XLIII). He also played in Super Bowl XLV, a loss to the Green Bay Packers.

BYU removes 'homosexual behavior' ban from honor code, reflecting Mormon church stance (USA Today) (February 20, 2020)
Brigham Young University removed a ban on "homosexual behavior" from its honor code, the Mormon institution said Wednesday, in an effort to match church policy. The announcement came the same day the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints released its new handbook, but did not specify what displays of affection same-gender couples are allowed to do.

February 19, 2020

Follow the prophet, not today’s ‘blind guides’ on Twitter, Elder Johnson says (Church News) (February 19, 2020)
Three weeks after their wedding, Paul V. Johnson and his wife, Jill Johnson, attended a devotional where President Spencer W. Kimball offered counsel about marriage. Now 44 years into marriage, the couple still follows that guidance received from the former president of the Church.

Why I Became an Activist Against Fear (New York Times) (February 19, 2020)
On May 3, 2017, I found myself in an unusual position: standing before the office of the Department of Homeland Security here, bullhorn in hand, leading a prayer vigil for a young mother.

TJ Haws — part of BYU’s star-crossed ‘Lone Peak 3’ — is finishing his career with a flourish (Deseret News - Utah) (February 19, 2020)
BYU’s all-time leading scorer, Tyler Haws, remembers playing basketball as a sixth-grader during recess and his little brother, TJ, more than four years younger and at least half Tyler’s size, showing up to join them.

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