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New FamilySearch video makes learning about ancestors more interactive and fun than ever beforeA new video from FamilySearch shows viewers how they might have more in common with their ancestors than they think, and how memories can be recorded and preserved.
A screenshot from FamilySearch's new video titled “FamilySearch: Preserve Family Memories on Family Tree." The new video shows viewers how they might have more in common with their ancestors than they think, and how memories can be recorded and preserved.
Eclipses, happiness and trusting in God: What Al Fox Carraway and others said at BYU-Idaho's Education WeekBrigham Young University-Idaho finished its annual Education Week Conference on Aug. 4. For three days, over 2,500 individuals came to the BYU-Idaho campus to hear uplifting messages, attend a variety of classes, and enjoy the many activities.
Attendees walk the BYU-Idaho campus in between sessions of BYU-Idaho Education Week Aug. 2-4 in Rexburg, Idaho.
New Mormon.org video takes 'practice what you preach' to a whole new levelMormon.org released a video on Aug. 8 about the difference between attending church on Sunday and actually practicing religion to its fullest.
Mormon.org released a video on Aug. 8 about the importance of practicing religion.
'What's that one talk?' and other frustrations the new Gospel Library update solvesA look at some of the new features and updates now available in the Gospel Library app.
Screenshot detailing the new search feature available in the updated Gospel Library App.
How this BYU-Idaho employee learned to 'abide heaven's time'“I had discovered Heavenly Father loved me and all I had to do was seek His will in my life. … I had sought to align my will with God’s will and I was happy.”
Spencer Allen, who works in A/V services and teleprompting at BYU Idaho, speaks during a summer devotional in the Manwaring Center on Aug. 7, 2018.
BYU professor calls for love, understanding on issues of doubt, LGBT members, equality within churchBYU religion professor Eric D. Huntsman issues a call for love and listening during the campus devotional on Aug. 7.
BYU professor Eric D. Huntsman speaks during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University on August 7, 2018.
Single but not alone: Sister Kristen Oaks opens up about the highs and lows of being single in the ChurchSister Kristen Oaks didn't marry President Dallin H. Oaks until she was 53 years old. Although she found a lot of joy in those years, there were plenty of frustrations, too.
Sister Kristen M. Oaks, wife of President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency, married him when she was 53 years old and he was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
What I know now that I didn't know before Hurricane SandyWho would have known in August 2012 that our Mormon Helping Hands theme would be so timely and so appropriate. That's what I know now that I didn't know before my mission: The Lord’s hand guides His work.
Missionaries in the New York New York South Mission help clean up after hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012.
How Muslims, Methodists and Latter-day Saints are fostering interfaith dialogue through serviceOn Saturday, August 4, youth and leaders in bright yellow hats dotted a West Valley neighborhood as they went about serving their community and fostering interfaith relationships for the future.
Members of the West Jordan Utah Park Stake work on the grounds of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake Mosque during an all-day service project in the Chesterfield area. Over 200 volunteers worked at private homes and several churches nearby the LDS meetinghouse near 2100 S. and Redwood Road in West Valley City on Saturday, August 4, 2018.
The biggest obstacles of sharing the gospel today and what you can do to work past themMembers must partner with the Church to produce online and social media content that can teach and testify of Christ's gospel and plan, declares Elder Kevin W. Pearson.
Elder Kevin W. Pearson speaks on Aug. 3, 2018, about the opportunities that individual members have to teach key gospel truths through various social media platforms. Elder Pearson was speaking at the annual FairMormon Conference in Provo, Utah.
BYU professor shares 7 principles to help identify and 'acknowledge the divinity of others'Lori L. Wadsworth, MPA program director and a professor of public management at BYU, shared seven principles to help identify and 'acknowledge the divinity of others' during a devotional at BYU on July 31.
Lori L. Wadsworth, MPA director and associate professor at BYU, speaks during the campus devotional at Brigham Young University on July 31.
'The family that prays together stays together' is more than a saying, BYU research findsNew BYU research finds that praying together as a family has many positive benefits, including reducing relational tensions and increasing feelings of closeness and unity.
New BYU research finds that praying together as a family has many positive benefits, including reducing relational tensions and increasing feelings of closeness and unity.
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.
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.
Colorado Springs missionaries march to 'put the face of the Church out there'Seventy full-time missionaries from the Colorado Colorado Springs Mission marched on the streets of Monument, Colorado, "to put the face of the Church out there in the public eye."
Full-time missionaries from the Colorado Colorado Springs Mission march down the street during the Monument Hill Kiwanis parade in Monument, Colorado.
Taiwanese YouTubers capture LDS missionaries' kind actions in viral videoYoung elders and sisters in Taipei had no clue they were being filmed when they offered aid to "blind" woman.
Missionaries from the Taiwan Taipei Mission stand outside the Taipei 101 skyscraper with Shu Ting, a YouTuber who posed as a blind woman and asked strangers for assistance. The missionaries' kind actions were captured on video and have been watched by hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers.
What I know now that I didn't know before visiting a small schoolhouse in SwedenWhat I learned about family history and connecting with people after visiting the home of my ancestors in Sweden.
The old red school house near Osby, Sweden in the fall of 2017.
Want to contribute to the new Church hymnbook? Here are some tips to get in the grooveTwo decades of hymn writing have given Karen Davidson some tips for aspiring composers.
Karen Lynn Davidson shared tips for hymn writing in a 1999 issue of the New Era, which BYU Magazine recently highlighted.
'We are not all meant to be the brightest star': BYU professor talks on discovering self-worthDenise Stephens spoke during a July 3 devotional, testifying that, “each of God’s vast creations is a reminder that He is in charge, that there is a divine plan and that we are here on this Earth for a much greater purpose."
BYU astronomy professor Denise Stephens speaks on individual purposes and fulfilling measures of creation during a July 3 devotional in the de Jong Concert Hall at BYU.
A promise fulfilled: 27 years of blessings for German Saints from behind the Iron CurtainTwenty-seven years after making a promise to Germain Saints far behind what was then the Iron Curtain, President Thomas S. Monson returned to see the fulfillment of his promise.
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'Reverse family history work': BYU students take on project to identify remains of 82,000 missing American soldiersBYU students are helping locate and return remains of some of the more than 82,000 missing American soldiers.
Student Melanie Torres, left, professor Jill Crandell and student Kimberly Brown have helped on the Brigham Young University project to return missing soldier's remains with their living relatives.
How do you deal with doubt? Jon Schmidt, Robert Millet respondAs long as we are able to think, we will probably have questions, whether about climate change or about the restored gospel. But what about doubts?
In painting by artist Robert T. Barrett, Christ, walking on the water, reaches out to rescue Peter after bidding the disciple to come to Him. "And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught [Peter], and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matthew 14:31).
'At the Pulpit' now released in Spanish and PortugueseThe book “At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women,” is now available in Spanish and Portuguese online, reported Mormon Newsroom.
"At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women," published by the LDS Church Historian's Press, is now available online in Spanish and Portuguese.
Find light in the darkness: BYU-Hawaii professor shares personal experience with mental illnessBYU-Hawaii Professor Stephen Hancock spoke on finding light in darkness during a June 19 devotional. Though his remarks included his and his wife’s experiences with mental illness, he acknowledged that everyone passes through darkness at some point.
BYU-Hawaii Professor Stephen Hancock spoke on finding light in darkness during a devotional on June 19. Though his remarks were framed in the context of his and his wife’s experiences with mental illness, he acknowledged that everyone passes through darkness at some point; he also said people can have hope “without denying the terrible despair that can accompany such times or the challenges those times present.”
Rugby star forfeits $200,000 contract to serve LDS missionRising rugby star Young Tonumaipea shocked fans by announcing he would be leaving his team to serve a mission.
Young Tonumaipea will be forfeiting his rugby contract in order to serve a mission for the Church.
Missionaries tackle Nepalese language to serve 20,000 refugees in OhioAfter seeing immigrants and refugees struggle due to language barriers, four missionaries in Ohio stepped up to help.
Four missionaries are learning Nepalese so they can help refugees in Columbus, Ohio, better integrate into the community.
How a BYU professor’s fatherhood study supports the Family Proclamation, scripturesBYU associate professor Kevin Shafer gave examples of ways the results of a new study he co-authored supports what is said about fathers in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” and what is known about righteous fathers in the scriptures.
BYU associate professor Kevin Shafer co-authored a recent study that found today’s fathers are more involved in their children’s lives.
What I know now that I didn't know before my dad diedAs I listened to my family remember my dad’s love and kindness and testimony and warm, encompassing hugs, I understood a little bit better that my dad is still a vibrant part of his children and grandchildren’s lives.
Rachel Sterzer with her father in front of the stake center on the day of her baptism in January 1993.
Ask: Did you participate in the prophet's challenge to the youth for a social media fast?During the Youth Worldwide Devotional on June 3, President Russell M. Nelson issued a special invitation.
President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the Worldwide Devotional for Youth at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
How the June 1978 priesthood revelation changed the lives of the Martins family in BrazilLife for Helvécio Martins and his son Marcus changed dramatically as Brazilian Church members with black African ancestry, when the June 1978 revelation allowed all male members 12 year and older to receive the priesthood, no matter race or color.
Elder James E. Faust and his wife, Sister Ruth Faust, left, with Helvécio Martins and his family at the dedication of the São Paolo Brazil Temple in November 1978.
Experts weigh in on why you should accept President Nelson's social media challenge and offer tips for successThe president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has only directly addressed the youth of the Church three times in the Church’s history.
LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the Worldwide Youth Devotional at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
What I know now that I didn't know a month agoOver the years I have watched Latter-day Saints celebrate new and rededicated temples with their own form of enthusiasm.
Attendees arrive for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication  in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Fearless Faith: How the Coral Springs Florida Stake found healing in Christlike service after Parkland shootingOn Valentine’s Day 2018, Danielle Koon received a call informing her that there was an active shooter on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She was told that her daughter was in the building where the shooter opened fire.
The Coral Springs Florida Stake youth smile for a photo in front of the mural they helped paint.
'Sacred Events' exhibit represents 'global nature' of ChurchA 21-work commission depicting sacred events from Christ's life is now in a new Church History Museum exhibit. The paintings, however, are more than simply a new exhibit; they're an indicator of an increasingly global Church.
Argentine artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo poses for a photo with some of his artwork at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Church members' stories inspire photographers, promotes unityAfter years of traveling the world on assignment, Church photographers Leslie Nilsson and Cody Bell have compiled some of their favorite shots to promote unity, love and a better picture of Church members around the world.
"Light & Life" exhibit photographers Leslie Nilsson, left, and Cody Bell pose for a portrait with some of their photos in the background at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
LDS Church updates Handbook to reflect new emphasis on social mediaIn line with recent encouragement for Church members to “flood the earth” with gospel messages of truth, the Church’s Handbook 2 has been updated with newly worded guidelines on using the Internet for that purpose.
The Church’s Handbook 2 has been updated with newly worded guidelines on using the Internet for that purpose.
Church News viewpoint: 'Waters to swim in'As we choose to help God in His work of gathering His children to Him, we qualify for blessings that are, as described by Elder Dale G. Renlund in this past general conference, “breathtakingly amazing.”
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Be grateful, have integrity, be humble and be kind, Elder Stanfill tells BYU-Idaho graduates at commencementSpeaking on several Christlike attributes they would need following graduation, Elder Vern P. Stanfill, General Authority Seventy, spoke to new alumni of Brigham Young University-Idaho in his commencement address on April 13.
Graduates of BYU-Idaho attend commencement exercises held in the BYU-Idaho Center. Elder Vern P. Stanfill, General Authority Seventy, spoke at the event, held on April 13, 2018.