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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Church News Update (including 2018 Mutual Theme)

Hello, all! Here is a brief Church News update. Enjoy!

First, and perhaps most importantly, the Church announced today the theme that the youth will use in Mutual in 2018. The words of it come from D&C 19:23, which reads, "Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my spirit, and ye shall have peace in me." To read more about how this theme should be used as a guide for activities, click here.

In the Fruita Historic District of Utah's Capitol Reef National Park, the fruit grown there has a unique story whose origins can be traced back to pioneer days. To read more on that, click here.

While Utah marked Pioneer Day on July 24, the Church News published a story about how some Church members found unique ways to honor their own pioneer ancestors. For more on that story, click here.

With Campus Education Week at BYU-Provo scheduled to be held later this month, the Church News ran an article summarizing the eponymous event at BYU-Idaho, which was held from July 27-30. You can read more about that event (including a summary of addresses) here. The keynote speaker was Elder Gerald N. Lund, emeritus General Authority Seventy and author of many wonderful LDS historical fiction novels, most notably (to me) The Kingdom and the Crown (covering the last part of the Savior's life, his death and resurrection), and The Work and the Glory (which covers events in early Church history, primarily the years between 1820-1846, ending with the Saints entering the valley; Elder Lund had promised in his foreword to the 9th volume that he would, a few years after that, go back and write a 10th volume about the descendants of the main characters in modern times, but later said that he regretted that promise and that other books he wrote could be considered the promised sequels to that series).

Sorry about that side note. Getting back to the BYU-Idaho Campus Education Week,, for summaries of what was said, click here.

That's it for this Church news update. As always, thank you for the privilege of your time. Any comments are always welcome, appreciated, and encouraged. Until my next post, I wish you all the best.

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