Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2015 Christmas Concert

The 2015 Christmas Concert will begin with a public Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, December 10. Two concerts will be performed on Friday, December 17, and Saturday, December 18, and on Sunday, December 19, during the broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word.

Tickets are required for all performances.  The guest artists will be announced early in October with ticket request period running from October 10–19, 2015.

More details to come.

2015 Latino Event—Luz de las naciones: Juventud de la promesa

Cultural Event
The three areas of the Church in Utah will present a special Latino youth and young adult cultural event titled “Luz de las naciones: Juventud de la promesa” in the Conference Center on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.
David Archuleta will be the featured guest artist. The program will also include a youth and young adult choir, musicians, and dance groups performing a variety of contemporary and traditional dances from Latin America.
The presentation will be in Spanish with a limited number of headsets available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who speak English or Portuguese.
Members are encouraged to bring their friends and relatives. Ward mission leaders can use this free event as a member-missionary outreach opportunity.
Sunday Devotional
There will also be a religious devotional in Spanish in the Conference Center at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25. Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will preside and speak. David Archuleta will also share a message. The devotional is a separate ticketed event from the cultural event.
It is highly recommended that tickets for the cultural event performances and for the Sunday devotional be obtained well in advance. Tickets are free of charge and available online at and at the Conference Center ticket office by calling 801-240-0080 (locally) or 1-866-LDS-TIKS (toll-free) beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2015.
The Conference Center doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the cultural presentations and at 5:30 p.m. for the Sunday evening devotional. Those planning to attend should arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time. Seating is general admission.
This year the invitation to attend these events is extended not only to members of Spanish-speaking units but to anyone who wishes to attend.

Funeral Services Scheduled for Elder Scott


Funeral services for Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Monday, September 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. MDT. The funeral will be open to the public ages 8 and older.
Elder Scott died from causes incident to age on September 22 in Salt Lake City at the age of 86 (read more about his life).
The Temple Square gates and the Tabernacle doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Those wishing to attend should be in their seats by 10:30 a.m. Overflow seating will be available in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. The Church campus buildings will be closed at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen following the funeral at 1:00 p.m.
The funeral services will be broadcast live via,, KSL TV 5.2, BYUtv, BYUtv Global, KBYUtv Eleven, BYUtv International, Mormon Channel, Canal Mormón (Spanish) and on the Church satellite system. In addition, audio broadcasts will air on KSL radio, BYU Classical 89 and BYU Radio.
A private burial service will take place at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Salt Lake City following the funeral.
There will be no public viewing, but expressions of sympathy can be posted on Elder Scott’s official Facebook page or emailed to
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Church’s General Missionary Fund at

Elder Richard G. Scott: The Mind of a Scientist, the Soul of an Apostle of God

Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Tuesday at 1:45 MDT from causes incident to age, while surrounded by his family at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 86.

Elder Scott was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanene, who passed away on May 15, 1995. He was well known to many members of the Church for the love he expressed for his wife. He is survived by seven children.

The Church will announce details regarding funeral arrangements as they become available. It is undetermined when the vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be filled.

Read here more about the life and ministry of Elder Richard G. Scott.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Did you know? What is the most common language in the world by number of native speakers?

Mandarin Chinese, with 935 million native speakers, which is 14.1% of the world population.
 It is followed by Spanish with ~387 million and English with ~365 million.

Church Publishes New Edition of Portuguese Bible

1.4 million Portuguese-speaking members encouraged to study new edition


After five years in the making, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new edition of the Holy Bible in Portuguese that is now available online ( Printed copies of the Portuguese Bible are being published for worldwide distribution beginning in March 2016. It is also available in the Gospel Library mobile application. Nearly 1.4 million members of the Church speak Portuguese as their native language.

The new edition of the Portuguese Bible is based on the 1914 version of the João Ferreira Annes de Almeida translation, which was chosen because of its high quality. The translation also addresses outdated grammar and vocabulary.

Representing the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring encouraged members of the Church to “gather around the scriptures” as he announced the publication of the Latter-day Saint edition of the Holy Bible in Portuguese, available now at and on the Gospel  application.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

September 2015 - Visiting Teaching Message: Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ - Powerful and Full of Glory, handout

Scripture Mastery and Gospel Library Come Together in Recent Updates

Developers have made it easier than ever to study and learn the 100 seminary scripture mastery passages, the Articles of Faith, and other gospel content. The newest update to the Scripture Mastery mobile apps make this possible by allowing users to select any content in Gospel Library app and post it to the Scripture Mastery App for review and memorization.
This new upgrade is in English, but it is anticipated that the Scripture Mastery App  will soon be available in 10 languages. With content in Gospel Library app in over a hundred languages, you can still import passages in a different language and use self-created hints and other app features.
Read full article here

Friday, September 11, 2015

Work of Relief Society goes 'hand-in-glove' with Church focuses

During the time when Church leaders are emphasizing Sabbath observance, gospel teaching in the home, and the law of the fast, the Relief Society general presidency wants women to recognize that these focuses align with the purpose of Relief more.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

40 ways to reach out to refugees in your own community, by LDS Charities

Recently Sharon Eubank, director of LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church, shared 40 ways to reach out to refugees in your own community. Although simple, they could mean all the difference to the neighbors you befriend.
  1. Be a sincere friend.
  2. Reach out to people on the periphery.
  3. Take a stand against intolerance.
  4. Promote compassion and understanding.
  5. Make a visit.
  6. Get to know firsthand what is really needed; don’t assume.
  7. Learn about the food, holidays, and traditions of others.
  8. Share a meal.
  9. Celebrate a holiday together.
  10. Invite someone to join your family night.
  11. Teach a new skill.
  12. Learn a new skill.
  13. Make introductions.
  14. Ask questions.
  15. Exchange ideas and experiences.
  16. Highlight strengths in other cultures.
  17. Speak to your town council about needed services.
  18. Forgive offenses or misunderstandings and try again.
  19. Shop at locally owned businesses.
  20. Welcome new people to the neighborhood.
  21. Volunteer to teach a language.
  22. Defend others from bigotry.
  23. Learn kids’ names.
  24. Learn a sport.
  25. Teach a sport.
  26. Offer employment to someone unexpected.
  27. Visit people who are ill.
  28. Teach each other songs and jokes.
  29. Extend an invitation to a cultural event.
  30. Offer to babysit.
  31. Give a ride.
  32. Practice interviewing for a job.
  33. Donate household goods.
  34. Help children study.
  35. Act as a grandma or grandpa to someone whose family is far away.
  36. Volunteer with a local organization whose work you admire.
  37. Be a mentor.
  38. Find local solutions rather than relying on bureaucratic programs or funds.
  39. Recognize that time and relationships are more valuable than things.
  40. Don’t hesitate to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
This list is just a start as you consider ways you can connect with your neighbors who might be feeling lonely or out of place. Be creative, and use your own personal interests and talents to touch others in meaningful ways. Although your initial interactions may be uncomfortable, they can lead to positive and even life-changing relationships.
To learn more about ways to serve in your own community and abroad, visit