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Spencer's shadow: How listening to a 13-year-old deacons quorum president helped this father with his autistic son When his 12-year-old son with autism received the priesthood and prepared to pass the sacrament, Jacob Evans was worried how it would go. He was humbled by the wisdom and priesthood authority of a young deacons quorum leader.
Spencer Evans at the wedding reception for Jacob and Marin Evans.
Kristin Chenoweth to cross off an item on her 'bucket list' at Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert Celebrated Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth expressed excitement to celebrate "the birth of Christ" with the Tabernacle Choir during this year's Christmas concert.
Kristin Chenoweth, guest artist at this year's Christmas concert, has some fun with Ron Jarret, president of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, and Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, as they shared exclusive details about the concert during press conference at the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.
Dominican Republic MTC to close in January 2019 The Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center is closing next month, joining two other of the Church's MTCs previously announced as closing effective January 2019.
The Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
What a teacup, a bag of cash and 'A Christmas Carol' taught Elder Curtis about business ethics Sharing stories of the importance of moral and ethical behavior, Elder LeGrand R. Curtis shares how the true Christmas story is one of hope for becoming better at a devotional on Dec. 11.
Elder LeGrand R. Curtis speaking at the BYU Management Society devotional on Dec. 11 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake.
Young women leader shares 3 things to help 'prioritize our never-ending to-do lists' Sister Michelle D. Craig of the Young Women general presidency speaks during a BYU campus devotional on Dec. 11 and shares three ways a person can prioritize the things that matter most.
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Read the dedicatory prayer of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple Following is the text of the prayer offered by President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, to dedicate the Barranquilla Colombia Temple on Sunday, Dec. 9.
The Barranquilla Colombia Temple.
From cheese labels to New Era cartoonist: How this artist sketched his way to drawing for Church magazines For more than 40 years, Val Bagley's cartoons in the "New Era" and other publications entertained Latter-day Saint youth and adults alike. Bagley has also recently published the "Sunday Activity Book," a 190-page book with fun games for all ages.
Val Chadwick Bagley's cartoons have been published in the New Era and Friend magazines. This year is the 40 anniversary of his first cartoon published in the the New Era.
The 161st Latter-day Saint temple is dedicated in Colombia It was an exciting day for Latter-day Saints in Colombia as President Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Ulisses Soares dedicated the second temple in their country on Dec. 9, 2018.
Dedicated Dec. 9, 2018, the Barranquilla Colombia temple is that nations second temple and the 161st in operation in the world.
How Elder Holland blessed my family 24 years after my dad died at Christmas time Elder Jeffrey R. Holland delivered a message about the comfort he felt at his father’s death because of Christ’s birth from an Anglican chapel on Nov. 25.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, listen during the traditional Church of England "Nine Lessons and Carols" service in the Pembroke College Chapel in Oxford, England, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.
Why Franciscans in Bethlehem wanted the Tabernacle Choir to sing in Bethlehem's Shepherds' Fields I once stood in Shepherds' Field near Bethlehem and heard an angelic chorus singing of the Savior Jesus Christ. It was in 1993. I was covering the Tabernacle Choir on its tour to the Holy Land.
The Tabernacle Choir prepares to sing in Shepherds' Field during the filming of a documentary in January 1993.
Colombia's newest temple is already helping area youth make 'the right choice' President Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Ulisses Soares remind Barranquilla-area young men and young women to stay on the "covenant path" by serving in the Church's newest temple.
President Dallin H. Oaks shakes the hands of young women who arrived early to secure front row seats for the Dec. 8, 2018, youth devotional in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Music and the Spoken Word: What a story from Mother Teresa's life teaches about the true spirit of Christmas This season of special holidays is all about giving. Young children are often most excited about what they might receive, but over time, we discover that real joy comes from giving.
FILE - In this 1978, file photo, Mother Teresa, head of the Missionaries of Charity order, cradles an armless baby girl at her order's orphanage in what was then known as Calcutta, India, in 1978. Pope Francis has signed off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor one of the Catholic Church's highest honors just two decades after her death. The Vatican said Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, that Francis approved a decree attributing a miracle to Mother Teresa's intercession during an audience with the head of the Vatican's saint-making office on Thursday, his 79th birthday.  (AP Photo/Eddie Adams, File)
Bonner family launches #LightTheWorld effort in California In a musical presentation, the Bonner Family helped launch “Light the World” efforts in part of the Orange County California area.
The Bonner family performs during a special music presentation held in Newport Beach, California, on Nov. 18.
This week on social: What President Nelson, Church leaders suggest for getting the most out of Christmas this year Leaders of the Church are anticipating Christmas this season, encouraging Latter-day Saints to look outside themselves and to serve their fellow men.
President Russell M. Nelson shared a story about a girl named Lydia Terry, who is suffering from a rare form of brain cancer, on Facebook. He also encouraged Latter-day Saints to accept the four gifts of the Savior this Christmas season. Those four gifts are an unlimited capacity to love, the ability to forgive, repentance and the promise of life everlasting.
Animated, kid-friendly video puts Book of Mormon story about Christ's birth in a whole new light A Book of Mormon story about the birth of Christ is portrayed in a new animated video by the Church.
In a new video produced by the Church, Samuel the Lamanite, a prophet in the Book of Mormon, prophesies of Christ's birth.
Elder Soares visits Central America during first solo trip as an Apostle On his first travel assignment as an Apostle without another member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Ulisses Soares visited Guatemala and Panama on Nov. 2-11.
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Full-time Peruvian missionary dies from illness while serving in Bolivia A full-time missionary from Peru serving in Bolivia passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, following a brief illness.
Flags are displayed at the missionary training center  in Lima, Peru on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.
First Presidency releases 2018 Christmas message The First Presidency message: Our Savior, Jesus Christ, offers to us four incomparable gifts — the capacity to love others, the ability to forgive, the blessing of repentance, and the promise of life everlasting.
Thousands take in the colors as the lights are turned on at Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018.
New $85 million BYU Engineering Building is high tech with research labs, project space. Here are highlights from the dedication The new Engineering Building at Brigham Young University is 200,000-square-feet and was built entirely from the donations of more than 17,000 people.
Student Diana Bolanos, Mechanical Engineering works on a mill in the new engineering building after Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered the dedicatory prayer for the new BYU Engineering Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering building at BYU in Provo on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
Fun vs. joy: Elder Bednar speaks at BYU about finding true happiness Enduring, eternal joy comes through the Redeemer, Jesus Christ and His gospel, Elder David A. Bednar told BYU students during a campus devotional on Dec. 4.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife Susan share a laugh as they attend the campus devotional in the Marriortt Center at BYU in Provo on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.