Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Daily Quote, September 16th, 2014

"The greatest joys and the greatest sorrows we experience are in family relationships. The joys come from putting the welfare of others above our own. That is what love is. And the sorrow comes primarily from selfishness, which is the absence of love. The ideal God holds for us is to form families in the way most likely to lead to happiness and away from sorrow.”

- Henry B. Eyring

Monday, September 15, 2014

"Embark in the Service of God" - Official Poster

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LDS Temples Currently Under Construction

Mormon Temples Currently Under Construction

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New Seminary Graduation Requirements Expect More from Youth

New requirements for seminary graduation are meant to “elevate learning” and better prepare students for lives of service and discipleship. The changes are being implemented throughout the world beginning this school year with this year’s course of study—Doctrine and Covenants and Church history.

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2014 Online Auxiliary Training Focuses on Learning, Teaching

Organization-specific training can be found within each auxiliary’s page in the Callings section of LDS.org and as downloadable PDFs Click on the following links to find the training that relates to your organization:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LDS conference talks may be given in native languages

LDS Church leaders may now begin to deliver their general conference talks in their native languages. Until now, conference talks have been in English only. English subtitles will be displayed on screens in the Conference Center and broadcasts.

SALT LAKE CITY — The internationalization of the LDS Church continued Monday with news that will change the sound of its semi-annual general conferences.
“Speakers at the general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whose primary language is not English now have the choice to deliver their talks in their native tongue," church spokesman Dale Jones said in a statement.
"In those cases, English subtitles will be shown on screens in the Conference Center and a live English interpretation will be provided for all other English-language broadcasts including satellite, cable, television, and the Internet.”
The announcement immediately drew widespread interest and praise.
"I'd rather hear them speak in Portuguese," Roberta Loftus, who moved to the United States from Rio in 2000, said of Brazilian church authorities who speak in conference. "The talks flow more naturally that way and the emotion comes across better."
Loftus, who lives in Provo, Utah, said another positive is that the new policy opens doors for potential church leaders gifted in spiritual matters but not in languages, since it can be difficult and intimidating to speak a second language in a public setting.
The change also provides a wrinkle for Americans accustomed to hearing English in every setting.
"Americans are not used to translations or reading subtitles," Loftus said. "It's not something that's generally done in America. It might be difficult for some to adapt."
The new policy will be implemented at the next conference, Oct. 4 and 5. It's unclear how many of the 30-35 speakers, who are not announced until they talk, will take up the invitation, but there is potential for several languages to be spoken. At the last general conference in April, for example, talks were delivered by five church leaders for whom English is an additional language.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the church's First Presidency, was born in Czechoslovakia, raised in Germany and speaks German. He delivered three talks at the April conference.
Talks also were delivered by four members of the First Quorum of the Seventy who speak other languages:
— Elder Michael John U. Teh of the Philippines, past president of the Philippines Area
— Elder Carlos H. Amado of Guatemala, past president of the Central America Area Presidency
— Elder Claudio D. Zivic of Argentina, who lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and serves as first counselor in the Caribbean Area Presidency
— Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis of Brazil, second counselor in the Brazil Area Presidency
The church has more than 15 million members around the world. In addition to the 595,000 households in North America that tune in for the Sunday morning session of general conference, conference sessions are broadcast to 7,000 church buildings in 96 countries.
In all, people in 197 countries and territories view conference sessions, which are translated into 94 languages with video and audio available in 70 languages.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Audition for "Singing with Angels"

Audition for "Singing with Angels"
Auditions for Singing with Angels will begin with video auditions, which can be submitted starting today. See how to audition here! Video auditions must be submitted by Sept. 18.
In July this year, Candlelight Media in conjunction with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced their collaboration on Singing with Angels. The movie is a fictional story of one woman’s journey to join the Choir.
Brian Brough, director and producer, said the response toSinging with Angels has been one of far-spread excitement. “We’ve received lots of emails and photos from people wanting to be involved. We want to see them audition,” Brough said. “In order to see everyone, we thought it best to start with video auditions.” Read More

Friday, September 5, 2014

Elder David E. Sorensen, former executive director of LDS temple department, dies at 81

font: Deseret News

Elder David E. Sorensen, who served as a general authority of the LDS Church for 13 years, died Tuesday at 81. He served in the Presidency of the Seventy and with the temple department during its "most committed era of temple building."

Monday, September 1, 2014

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, Chapter 17: Sealing Power and Temple Blessings, handout

Two more days for the 2014 Auditions Set for Salt Lake “Savior of the World”

The Music and Cultural Arts Division of the Church invites adults and families (with children ages 8 and older) to participate in the 2014 production of Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection. Members of the Church are encouraged to invite their friends or family of other Christian faiths to audition with them. We invite individuals from all ethnicities to audition.

Auditions for lead and ensemble roles are available by appointment by calling 801-240-2551 or sending an email to culturalarts@ldschurch.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Auditions will be held at the following dates, times, and locations:

September 2, 2014
6:00–9:00 p.m.
LDS Church Building, 828 West 1600 North, Orem, Utah

September 3, 2014
7:30–9:30 p.m.
BYU Richards Building (room 1137), Provo, Utah

September 4, 2014
7:30–9:30 p.m.
BYU Richards Building (room 2206), Provo, Utah

Callbacks will be held September 5–6, 2014.

Those interested in an ensemble role should prepare to sing a hymn or Primary song as an individual or as a family. For lead roles, please bring a resume and prepare to sing 16 bars of a song that demonstrates your vocal range and ability.

Father of 8 Missionary Sons Shares Advice that Helped Him

Contributed By By Dwight Egan, Church News contributor

'When I departed for my mission to London, England, in 1972 my 91-year-old grandfather Mahonri Moriacumer White gave me a hug and exclaimed, “You have no idea what lies in store for you!” When I returned two years later, grandpa was no longer here. Had he been alive, he could have given me the same advice about the future prospects of getting married and becoming a father.....(continue here)

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, Chapter 16: Bringing Up Children in Light and Truth, handout

Heavenly Father Loves You - Words from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Friend September 2014
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