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Jul. 15, 2018 - Jul. 21, 2018

In a 'grand night for singing,' Broadway-themed concert celebrates Pioneer DayIn a ‘grand night for singing,’ the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square celebrated the 171st anniversary of the arrival of the first pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley with "Music for a Summer Evening."
Guest performers Laura Michelle Kellythe and Matthew Morrison take the stage as they join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Pioneer Concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 20, 2018.
8 quotes on what Church leaders have been saying about ministering“For months we have been seeking a better way to minister to the spiritual and temporal needs of our people in the Savior’s way," said President Russell M. Nelson in April. Read additional quotes from Church leaders on ministering.
The Salt Lake Temple during the 188th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 1, 2018.
This Week on Social: President Nelson invites others to make a change of heartRepentance, prayer and personal revelation were themes this week among the social media accounts of Church leaders.
A screenshot from the Facebook page of President Russell M. Nelson. Repentance, prayer and personal revelation were themes this week among the social media accounts of Church leaders.
What a remarkable story of forgiveness taught Elder Renlund about Christlike attributes In teaching about developing Christlike attributes, Elder and Sister Renlund's most poignant examples came from describing influences from his mission to Sweden 40-plus years ago and from the wives of his two former mission presidents.
Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, speak during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar at the Provo Missionary Training Center on June 24-26.
How one Utah community continues to minister to a missionary shot 21 years agoSporting a white shirt, tie and name tag, Orin Vooheis sat in his electronic wheelchair smiling at people as they entered the American Fork Deseret Industries on July 11. As always, his wife Chartina was by his side.
Orin Voorheis, with his wife, Chartina, by his side, works as a greeter at the Deseret Industries in American Fork, Utah, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
The first missionaries in England arrived on this day in 1837 — see how they faredWhen a group of six missionaries arrived in England for the first time in 1837, they didn't know their work would save the membership of the Church.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook, former mission companions in England in the early 1960s, talk about the anniversary and continued missionary work in Great Britain at the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on June 23, 2017.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir to hold Broadway-themed concerts in honor of Pioneer Day this yearNo rest for the choir and orchestra, who return to the Concert Center for a pair of Broadway-themed concerts after returning from 2018 tour.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Tabernacle Choir will continue their tradition of offering Pioneer Day holiday concerts with a pair of performances on July 20 and July 21.
Meet the new temple president and matron called to serve in South AfricaA new temple president and matron have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service when the temple is dedicated.
Elizabeth G. and Leon A. Holmes
Joseph Fielding Smith would have been 142 today — learn more about his life and ministryPresident Joseph Fielding Smith spent decades in Church service, but his family still remembers him as as a devout father and husband.
President Joseph Fielding Smith
5 reasons why you should care about honoring the Church's pioneer heritage this yearChurch historians answer why it’s important for Latter-day Saints to honor and remember their pioneer heritage.
Handcart and wagons set up camp at Independence Rock, Wyoming, during the 1997 sesquicentennial reenactment of the pioneers crossing the plains.
From rock artists to ministers, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's biggest fans might just surprise youA look at how the Church's musical ambassadors touch individuals and bring communities together.
Rock singer and voice actor Jess Harnell sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during the June 20 sound check at California's Walt Disney Concert Hall. An eclectic group of guests sang with the choir during sound checks throughout the 2018 Classic Coast Tour.
New 'Huki' canoe show afloat at Polynesian Cultural CenterThe Church-affiliated Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, has retired its "Rainbows" canoe pageant after 18 years and launched Huki, which means "pull" in Hawaiian. The storyline ranges from Maui fishing up islands to the start of the PCC.
The people celebrate after the legendary demigod Maui pulls up the islands and their connection to the ocean in the Polynesian Cultural Center's new Huki canoe celebration.
Polynesian Cultural Center celebrating 50th anniversaryThe Polynesian Cultural Center has always been vibrant and energetic, but an unusual sense of excitement pervades it right now as some 1,500 alumni of the Church facility and its adjacent BYU-Hawaii campus have converged here, a number that might expand to 3,000 before the weekend is over.
Performers at Polynesian Cultural Center do a drum presentation for visitors.
'You don't have to ask again': Sister Becky Craven shares how she came to a testimony of the Book of MormonWhen Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the new general Young Women presidency, considers the Church's Young Women program, she sees the past, the present and the future.
Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the general Young Women presidency, and her husband, Brother Ronald L. Craven, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 2, 2018.
How you should — or shouldn't — interpret the Word of Wisdom, according to one BYU professorBenjamin Bikman, a BYU professor of physiology and development biology, spoke on his diabetes research and insulin resistance research during a July 17 BYU Forum, tying the research to Church members' perceptions of the Word of Wisdom.
Benjamin Bikman, a Brigham Young University professor of physiology and development biology, spoke on his research on diabetes and insulin resistance during a July 17 forum given at the BYU Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. He also tied the research to LDS perceptions of the Word of Wisdom and spoke on making healthy lifestyle choices.
Think you know pioneer history backwards and forwards? These 3 facts will make you think againIf you think all the pioneers came by handcart, you’re wrong.
"Covered Wagon Pioneers, Madonna at Dawn," by Minerva K. Teichert. Thomas Alexander, who was the president of the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers in 2015, explained that more people came to Utah by wagon than handcart between 1856 and 1861.
This Pioneer Day, honor pioneers of 'every nation, kindred and tongue,' says Elder GongThe service-driven legacy of the Mormon Pioneers lives on in all who offering helping hands and warm smiles to others.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong introduces himself to 10-year-old Miriam Hurd prior to the July 16, 2018, devotional at This Is the Place Heritage Park.
Sister Craig talks her hardest high school moments, gaining confidence and being a believer“The young women of the Church are capable and needed,” said Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency. "I am excited to work side-by-side with them.”
Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, and her husband, Brother E. Boyd Craig.
Hurricanes, flooding and resilience: Celebrating 18 years of the Baton Rouge templeThe Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple has withstood hurricanes, flooding and become a symbol of resilience for members in the area.
A group of about 350 is a small part of the over 4,300 MHH volunteers that arrived for a weekend clean-up project in 2016. The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple is in the background.
These 6 members never pushed a handcart but are still pioneers Pioneer Day isn't just for the men and women who walked the plains — today's Church members can be called "modern pioneers," according to then-Elder Dallin H. Oaks.
Pohnpeian youth pull travois, or sleds, on a road through the jungle during the Church's first-ever Micronesian pioneer trek in 2017.
LDS Church and NAACP announce plans for education and employment initiativesThe Church announced plans on July 15 for collaborating more extensively with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Debra Bonner, center, performs with The Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir, an independent LDS choir, during the 109th NAACP Annual Convention at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Church members, missionaries relieve Japan following nation's deadliest disaster in 7 yearsDramatic weather continues to impact Pacific regions of Asia. Missionaries and members enlisted to help those in need.
A car is covered with mud as houses are damaged after a mudslide caused by heavy rains in Hiroshima, southwestern Japan, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Rescuers were combing through mud-covered hillsides and along riverbanks Tuesday searching for dozens of people missing after heavy rains unleashed flooding and mudslides in southwestern Japan.
How an embarrassing moment, learning Portuguese and serving a mission taught Sister Cordon that she could do hard thingsToday’s young women are being asked to step up and move the work of the Lord forward, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, said, adding "and we can do it."
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 2, 2018.
BYU Education Week to focus on 'Doubt Not, Fear Not' for 2018 classesThe theme for one of the largest continuing education programs in the country draws on scripture.
Students walk between classes at Brigham Young University's Education Week on Aug. 23, 2017.
Shining moment: This member has contributed 25,000 hours of service since retirementAfter retiring from his career, Bob Anderson immediately started working full time as a volunteer at the local bishop's storehouse.
Shining Moment