Monday, November 23, 2015

Utahns should expect busy roads, winter weather for Thanksgiving

ByDeseret News

Travel experts are predicting the busiest Thanksgiving for travelers in eight years. Weather forecasters are predicting a winter storm on the busiest travel day of the year.

KSL meteorologists are forecasting the next winter storm to arrive in Utah on Wednesday and it could last through Thursday morning. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement, noting that Wednesday's storm "could cause significant travel impacts across much of Utah. If your travel plans are flexible, consider traveling Tuesday ahead of the storm."
Strong, gusty winds will develop on Tuesday, especially in southwest Utah, according to the National Weather Service. Winter weather will "bring travel impacts across much of the region, including the I-15 corridor and I-80 east into Wyoming" on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Way Visitors Find a Meetinghouse Online is Changing

The maps feature on is getting a facelift for a more friendly experience when looking for a meetinghouse or viewing your own branch, ward, or stake. The update introduces two new applications—Meetinghouse Locator and Ward Map.
While both applications will be simpler to use and mobile friendly, each version will also offer its own features.
The new Meetinghouse Locator will:
  • Improve search functionality.
  • Provide targeted options for finding a meetinghouse by location, time, language, and ward type.
Read here

Monday, November 16, 2015

First Presidency Clarifies Church Handbook Changes

Missionaries Speaking Their Native Language Now to Spend Three Weeks in Training

MTCs will return to theirprevious program for those being instructed

in their native language


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Essays Address Topics on Women, Priesthood, Mother in Heaven

font: Mormon Newsroom

Essays complete series of 13 begun in 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published two new Gospel Topics essays on  One essay outlines the teachings of Church founder and prophet Joseph Smith on women, temple and the priesthood. The second explains Church teachings regarding a Mother in Heaven, which it describes as "a cherished and distinctive belief among Latter-day Saints."
These essays complete a series of 13 that the Church began publishing in 2013 to provide an accurate resource for its members to gain insight and understanding into some of its teachings, practices and history. The 13 essays published to date were prepared through extensive research by men and women Church scholars and carefully reviewed by members of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other General Authorities and women leaders to provide an official, authoritative and transparent source of information.
Church leaders decided to publish the essays, recognizing that today some of the information about its history and practice is obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, especially on the Internet.
The introduction to the Gospel Topic Essays page explains, "The purpose of these essays has been to gather accurate information from many different sources and publications and place it in the Gospel Topics section of, where the material can more easily be accessed and studied by Church members and other interested parties."
The Church hopes that the material will be referenced in various lessons and classes, cited in talks and utilized in home study along with the large volume of resource materials now available to Church members worldwide.
The full series of essays is listed below. While there are no immediate plans to publish additional essays of this type, it remains an option for the future. 
  1. Are Mormons Christian? November 20, 2013
  2. First Vision Accounts November 20, 2013
  3. Race and the Priesthood December 6, 2013
  4. Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah December 16, 2013
  5. Book of Mormon Translation December 30, 2013
  6. Book of Mormon and DNA Studies January 31, 2014
  7. Becoming Like God February 24, 2014
  8. Peace and Violence among 19th-Century Latter-day Saints May 13, 2014
  9. Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham July 8, 2014
  10. Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo October 22, 2014
  11. The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage October 22, 2014
  12. Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women October 23, 2015
  13. Mother in Heaven October 23, 2015