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Thursday, June 2, 2016 Story: Two accused of impersonating LDS Church officials stand trial

This one's a real doozy. Two accused of impersonating LDS Church officials are standing trial right now for fraud. I am posting about this because I want it absolutely clear to all my readers that those impersonators had no legal right to use the name of the Church in their scheme, nor were they cleared to implicate leaders of the Church. Find that story by following this link. Thanks.

Elder David A. Bednar speaks to LDS graduates at US Air Force Academy

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed LDS graduates at the United States Air Force Academy over the Memorial Day weekend. For an account of that weekend, please see this article. Thanks.

Article about new General Authority Seventy Elder K. Brett Nattress

The Church News has published an article introducing new General Authority Seventy Elder K. Brett Nattress. See this link for that article. Always interesting to learn about new General Authority Seventies. Thanks.

Important strides regarding the Church in Vietnam.

The Church was recently officially recognized by and given the go-ahead to proselytize in Vietnam. For details, please see this article, which mentions that Elders Quentin L. Cook and Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Presidency of the Seventy were in Vietnam when this happened. What an exciting development in Church History! Thanks.

Charles W. Dahlquist II, National Commissioner for the BSA

The Church News announced the appointment of Brother Charles W. Dahlquist II, former Young Men General President, as the national commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America. This is a prestigious post, and it was great for me to read about that. For details, please see this link.

New Doctrinal Mastery Program Replaces Scripture Mastery Program in Seminary

In a talk given to CES instructors and administrators earlier this year, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles introduced the Doctrinal Mastery program that officially replaces the Scripture Mastery program. This was done in an effort to allow the doctrines of the gospel to sink more deeply into the hearts of students and to allow them greater ability and flexibility in applying the doctrines of the gospel to their lives. For more details on this monumental and landmark change, please see this article.

16 New Temple Presidents Called

Hello, In a windfall announcement, the Church has called 16 new temple presidents. This has greatly trimmed the list of those temples who may yet have a president called this year. I include an updated copy of the list for your benefit.

Temples getting a new president in 2016:
1. Nashville Tennessee
2. Fort Collins Colorado
3. Star Valley Wyoming
4. Hartford Connecticut
5. Philadelphia Pennsylvania
6. Columbia River Washington
7. Chicago Illinois
8. Mexico City Mexico
9. Hong Kong China
10.  London England
11.  Manhattan New York
12.  Medford Oregon
13.  Dallas Texas
14.  Birmingham Alabama
15.  Seattle Washington
16.  Hamilton New Zealand
17.  Cochabamba Bolivia
18.  Gilbert Arizona
19.  Anchorage Alaska
20.  Curitiba Brazil
21.  Kyiv Ukraine
22.  Panama City Panama
23.  Fresno California
24.  Memphis Tennessee
25.  Winter Quarters Nebraska
26.  Lima Peru
27.  Nauvoo Illinois
28.  Portland Oregon
29.  Merida Mexico
30.  Reno Nevada
31. Spokane Washington
32. Rexburg Idaho
33. Montreal Quebec.
34. Monterey Mexico
35. Ciudad Juárez Mexico
36. Aba Nigeria
37. Nuku’alofa Tonga
38. Raleigh North Carolina
39. Provo Utah
40. Guadalajara Mexico
41. Copenhagen Denmark
42. St. Paul Minnesota Temple
43. Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
44. Halifax Nova Scotia
45. St. George Utah Temple
46. Santiago Chile Temple

Temples that may still get a new president this year:
1. Campinas Brazil
2. Columbus Ohio
3. Detroit Michigan
4. Frankfurt Germany
5.  Johannesburg South Africa
6.  Melbourne Australia
7.  Perth Australia
8.  Quetzaltenango Guatemala
9.  Sapporo Japan (will be dedicated on August 21)
10. Seoul Korea
11.  Tampico Mexico
12.  Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico Temple
13.  Twin Falls Idaho

New Angel Moroni placed atop the Bountiful Utah Temple today.

Good news for the Bountiful Utah Temple: Today, a new Angel Moroni was placed atop that temple to replace the one that was irreparably damaged from a lightning strike on May 22. Thanks to you all for your readership and interest.