Friday, October 31, 2014

Unto All The World: Franco and Maicon's Story

Franco and Maicon, two bright and faithful young men, died tragically in a drowning accident in Brazil. Learn how the gospel and temple work blessed their grieving families as they searched to understand and endure their loss.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 Christmas Season at Temple Square

Savior of the World Musical

Friday, November 21, 2014, through Saturday, January 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Conference Center Theater
  • Tickets are required for this event.Beginning Tuesday, October 21, 2014, tickets can be obtained over the Internet or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS) beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Lights on Temple Square

Friday, November 28

For 2014, lights will be turned on at dusk on Friday, November 28. No tickets are necessary and all ages are welcome.

Christmas on Temple Square Opening Concert
Saturday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle

The opening concert for the Christmas on Temple Square concert series is by We Also Sing women's choir and Because We Sing men's chorus, directed by Merrilee Web.
It will be Saturday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle. Tickets are required but they are free and can be obtained beginning October 14 on or by calling 801-570-0080. All ages are welcome.
Many additional choirs and other musical ensembles of all genres will continue to perform in various locations on Temple Square from November 29 through December 31. View or download a detailed schedule of these free performances.

Christmas Devotional

Sunday, December 7, in the Conference Center Auditorium (also broadcast via satellite)
The annual Christmas devotional is Sunday, December 7, in the Conference Center auditorium and will be broadcast throughout the world via the Church satellite system. Various Church leaders will speak, and music will be provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.
Free tickets are required and there is a limit of six tickets per person. Tickets can be obtained beginning Friday, October 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS) beginning at 10:00 a.m. Tickets may also be obtained in person at the ticket office located at door 4 of the Conference Center.

Elder Hallstrom to Speak at November CES Devotional

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy will address young adults—single and married—in a CES devotional broadcast on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

All about 2014 October General Conference - The Native Languages and Learning from General Conference

Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong made LDS General Conference history when he delivered his talk in his native language of Cantonese on Saturday Oct. 4, 2015 This photo shows what the characters looked like scrolling on the teleprompter.

For the first time in the General Conference all speakers could choose whether to give their talk in English or in their native language.
October 2014 Conference featured three native languages delivered by 4 speakers: Cantonese, Portuguese, and 2 Spanish.
Conference Center audience reading subtitles on Jumboscreen – photo

All about 2014 October General Conference - Brazilians friends at Conference Center

President Marcelo Saito, president of the São Paulo Perdizes Stake, poses with his mother, Harue, his wife Rose and his sister Marisa after the Saturday afternoon session of the LDS Church's general conference session on Oct. 4, 2014. (Tad Walch, Deseret News)

From the news:

 ..."Brazil has the third-largest Mormon population in the world, six LDS temples and is well-represented in church leadership. One of the seven presidents of the Seventy, Elder Ulisses Soares, is from Brazil, as are three members of the First Quorum of the Seventy, one member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy and 17 Area Seventies.
But when the first conference talk in Portuguese is given, Brazilian member Marisa Saito said Saturday, "We'll feel like we really are represented."
Brazilian visitors
Saito and her brother, Marcelo Saito, are third-generation Japanese-Brazilians. He is president of the São Paulo Perdizes Stake. They've experienced the globalization of the church firsthand.
"In 1966," President Saito said, "our parents joined the church, the same year the first stake was created in Brazil. Now we have 253 stakes, 34 missions, six temples" and 1.25 million members.
Saito became a high priest at age 20 immediately after he returned from a mission to Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1980s, something that in the United States often doesn't occur prior to a man's 30s or 40s or even later. He was a bishop at 25. Now 48, he has been in stake presidencies for 18 years.
During his mission, he served as a counselor in a branch presidency.
Such leadership callings for young Brazilians were commonplace. Today, they are rare.
"Before," Marisa Saito said, "you had converts leading the church. Now you have third- and fourth-generation members leading the church. The membership and the leadership is more mature. We still get a lot of financial assistance and leadership assistance, but Brazil is becoming more self-reliant."
President Saito and his wife, Rose, chose to travel to Utah for conference for their 25th anniversary. Rose was a foreign exchange student at Olympus High School. Their oldest son served a mission and a daughter is serving in the Brazil Santa Maria Mission. Another daughter is preparing her mission papers.
Marisa Saito lived in Salt Lake City for five years after serving a mission. She and her brother brought their mother, Harue, with them for their 10-day stay......"

All about 2014 October General Conference - Temples

President Thomas S. Monson didn't announce any new LDS temples at the start of the church's 184th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday, but he said at least five temples would be dedicated or rededicated in 2015, the most since 2012.

The LDS Church now has 143 operating temples. Another 27 have been announced or are under construction. As temples have spread rapidly throughout the world, accessing important temple blessings has become more and more convenient for church members.

All about 2014 October General Conference - Telling Numbers

Font: Deseret News 

LDS Church responds to Supreme Court announcement

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to not hear same-sex marriage appeals from Utah and four other states.

For Brazilian Mormons, hearing talk in Portuguese was 'powerful' and 'personal'

Four Latter-day Saints from the Brazilian state of São Paulo made their first-ever journey to Salt Lake City for general conference and were moved by a sermon in their native tongue.

The Sousa family of Brazil, Carlos Eduardo de Sousa, Fatima Rodrigues de Silva Sousa, Antonio Sousa Neto, and friends Ludimila Pinto, Anna Carolina Russo and Dirce Almeida Furian pose inside the Conference Center Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, after listening to Elder Carlos A. Godoy of the Seventy give his talk in their native language of Portuguese as members of The Church of Jesus Christ

Read about Sousa Family here

Monday, October 6, 2014

SCOTUS: U.S. Supreme Court rejects same-sex marriage cases from Utah, four other states

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear same-sex marriage appeals from Utah and four other states, apparently leaving in place lower court rulings that allow gays and lesbians to marry.

Read full article here

(Information: The definition of SCOTUS is "Supreme Court Of The United States")