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Friday, March 1, 2019

Several More Church News Stories Reported

Hello again, everyone! While I continue to welcome input on the list I posted yesterday (which shares my insights on the most likely locations for which I feel a temple may be announced during General Conference next month), there have been a dozen or more Church news stories reported between the official Newsroom, the News & Events subpage of the official Church website, and from the Church News. There's a lot to get to here, so let's dive right into it all.

Beginning, as mentioned above, with the new content on the Church's Newsroom, 6 new articles have been published there within the last 36 hours. Some of them may have already been reported in comments from others on this blog, but I want to make sure to not overlook anything. Elder Bednar acted for the Church in presenting a $2 million donation to representatives of a brand new African American museum.

Next, in a meeting held earlier today, Church members and friends of other faiths living in the area which will be served by the Pocatello Idaho Temple attended a meeting to learn more about the design and construction plans for that temple. The Church generally holds such meetings in order to address any concerns that anyone in the area of a soon-to-be constructed temple might have.

The Newsroom continued its' series, "Latter-day Saints Around the World" by highlighting important articles from the Pacific, Philippines, California, and the Dominican Republic (2). Another article highlights the recent visit of Relief Society & Primary General Presidents Sister Jean B. Bingham and Joy D. Jones to the Africa West Area. 

And the Church has created a new video series (which is in some ways a "spoof" on broadcast sports shows) to highlight missionary safety. Church leaders are recommending that a prospective missionary and their parents watch the first video together while the application process is underway. Meanwhile, I wanted to share the official Newsroom release published yesterday, which noted that the First Presidency has scheduled a one-week open house for both the Memphis Tennessee and Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temples.

Turning now to stories from the News and Events page, Church service missionaries in San Diego were honored recently with the highest volunteer award given by the state parks of California. And another article shares how inspired, member-submitted music is one clear sign of evidence that the Lord is hastening His work. LDS Charities have recently partnered with JustServe.org to launch #YouCanDoSomething.

We now conclude with the articles from the Church News website. Elder Christofferson recently returned from a visit to the Central America Area of the Church, where, among other highlights, he led out in a  Family Home Evening broadcast to members living within the nations he was visiting. Meanwhile, a star Latter-day Saint baseball player recently claimed a significant milestone. And the Church News has shared a summary of Saroo Brierly's keynote address at RootsTech, which was given earlier today. Another article covered "hot topics" which were covered at RootsTech.

And in light of the changes in full-time missionaries' ability to have more frequent contact with their family members, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon shared some thoughts on the best ways that parents can support their missionaries. Additionally, during his recent trip to Brazil, Elder Uchtdorf paid a visit to the family of the Brazilian missionary who died recently in Portugal.

I continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments and will keep doing my level best to pass word of those along to you all here as I receive it. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time, as long as such comments are made in accordance with the established guidelines.

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