Stories By Aubrey Eyre

Lessons from Elder Stevenson: Creating a vision and maintaining a balance for one's life Speaking at the 132nd commencement ceremony for LDS Business College, Elder Gary E. Stevenson told graduates about the importance of finding a vision for one's life and maintaining a balance of things that are most essential.
Mario Barrientos celebrates after receiving his diploma during the commencement ceremony for LDS Business College at the  Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 12, 2019.
President Nelson, Elder Gong to embark on 9-day ministry tour of Pacific Area President Russell M. Nelson — joined by Sister Wendy Nelson, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Susan Gong — will embark on a May 16-25 ministry tour of the Church's Pacific Area.
Then-Elder Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson shake hands with New Zealand members during a visit there in 2014.
Photos capture highlights from Sunday afternoon session of April 2019 general conference Photo gallery and summary of the Sunday afternoon session of general conference.
Conferencegoers stand near blossoming trees during the 189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Simplifying members' lives, reducing strain on leaders — a look at Church changes since the 1980s In the last year alone, major shifts to simplify and reduce the strain placed on members have allowed individuals and families to refocus on spiritual growth and and serving one another in "holier ways."
President Russell M. Nelson salutes conferencegoers following the Saturday morning session of the LDS Church's 188th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
The story behind why 3 Amish families left their roots to join the Church In the fall of 2011, Raymond Weaver, the son of an Amish bishop, received a copy of the Book of Mormon from his friend. He didn't know at the time how dramatically that one book would change his life.
The Weavers, the Troyers and the Hochstetlers on their endowment day. The three couples are pictured with President and Sister Birch, right, and Elder Spangler, third from left, outside the Columbus Ohio Temple.
New virtual classrooms for BYU-Pathway connect students anytime, anywhere The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has granted approval for worldwide, virtual, online gatherings as a permanent part of the BYU Pathway programs.
Connecting students from various regions, the virtual gatherings now offered by BYU-Pathway Worldwide allows students from almost anywhere in the world to participate in the online learning programs.
Less is more: A look at why the Church is simplifying its scripture production processes Changes to printed and online scripture resources produced by the Church emphasize an effort to simplify the lives of members around the world, allowing them to focus on the core purposes of the gospel in their personal and family study.
A new printer purchased by the Church in 2013 allows translations of scriptures to be printed in more languages at lower costs.
Seminary curriculum to align with 'Come, Follow Me' beginning 2019 — here's what you need to know about the change Announcing a significant shift in the curriculum followed by seminaries of the Church around the world, the First Presidency released a letter on March 22, 2019, detailing changes which will align seminary study with "Come, Follow Me."
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Kim B. Clark and Chad H. Webb pose for a photo after filming a video regarding the First Presidency announcement that seminary curriculum will align with "Come, Follow Me."
President Nelson extends invitation to his 95th birthday celebration President Russell M. Nelson will invite family, friends and others from around the world to celebrate his 95th birthday.
President M. Russell Ballard and President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints react to an photograph taken earlier in the day of themselves in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019.
Kinshasa temple open house begins — here's a first look inside The free public open house for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple begins today, March 12, and will run through Saturday, March 30, 2019, excluding Sundays.
The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple.
2 Church volunteers in Russia to be deported After being arrested and detained for a week by local authorities in Russia, two young Latter-day Saint volunteers will be deported following a decision from the Novorossiysk's Primorsky Disctrict Court.
Novorossiysk, Russia
Watch: Elder Bednar and Elder Rasband lead a virtual tour of the Rome Italy Temple Want to tour through the Rome Italy Temple before it is dedicated starting Sunday, March 10, through Tuesday, March 12? This new video released by the Church offers a virtual tour through the temple led by Elders Bednar and Rasband.
Screenshot of Elder Bednar and Elder Rasband as they give a virtual tour through the Rome Italy Temple.
'Off the beaten path': Elder Renlund visits Latter-day Saints in remote reaches of Argentina and Chile After a recent nine-day tour to remote areas in Chile and Argentina, Elder Renlund and the South America South Area presidency share how Church growth in the countries is evidence of the 'gathering of scattered Israel."
Elder Dale G. Renlund fist bumps a young girl while greeting her family following a devotional for women in Antofagasta, Chile, on Feb. 15, 2019. His wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, is also pictured to his right.
Social media missionaries and Sister Joy D. Jones share how family history work can protect children and families At RootsTech and on social media, women of the Church are finding ways to participate in family history and temple work and are creating new ways to engage their families in the work.
Julie Ilene Koch and her daughters, Mckinsey Koch, left, and Rebecca Koch, right, listen to a speaker during the Light Keepers session at the RootsTech conference at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 1, 2019.
Open house schedules updated for Memphis and Oklahoma City temples Updates to the scheduled open houses for the Memphis Tennessee and Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temples were announced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The Memphis Tennessee Temple.
Elder and Sister Costa tell BYU-Idaho students 3 things they wish they had known during college Speaking in a devotional at BYU Idaho on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Elder and Sister Costa spoke on three things they wish they had known while in college.
Elder Joaquin E. Costa and Sister Renee Costa speak at a devotional at BYU–Idaho on Feb. 26.
2 BYU religion professors weigh in on why 'Come, Follow Me' should be just the beginning of your gospel study Two BYU religion professors shared their insights about the new "Come, Follow Me" curriculum and why it is more important than ever to take on the responsibility of personal learning and study.
Youth of the Church study the scriptures and discuss during Sunday School classes.
'Like Christmas and Mother's Day': 17 of the best reactions from families about staying in touch with their missionaries Here are some reactions from readers after speaking to their missionaries on preparation day this week.
Sister Sarah Emmett of the Layton Utah Mission visits with her parents, Marie and Chad Emmett, during video chat on Monday, Feb. 18. The First Presidency announced Friday, Feb. 15, that missionaries worldwide are authorized to communicate with their families each week on preparation day by text messages, online messaging, phone calls and video chats, in addition to letters and emails.
Emeritus General Authority Seventy, Elder V. Dallas Merrell, dies at age 83 Elder V. Dallas Merrell, who served as a General Authority Seventy from 1992 to 1997, passed away at age 83 on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.
Elder V. Dallas Merrell left, and his wife, Karen, with Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, on the occasion of their first meeting at the Vatican in 1995. Elder Merrill's friendship with Cardinal Cassidy bore fruit in goodwill and improved relationships between the Catholic church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
3 suggestions from a general authority on how to stay cheerful amidst trials Speaking to students at BYU Hawaii on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Elder Erich W. Kopischke shared three suggestions for how to stay cheerful and trust the Lord in the midst of trials.
Elder Erich W. Kopischke mingles with attendees following his devotional address at BYU Hawaii on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.