Stories By Aubrey Eyre

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.
Try these 7 steps to make learning a spiritual — not just a secular — endeavor Speaking at a BYU-Idaho devotional on Feb. 12, Brother Brian K. Ashton of the Sunday School general presidency outlined steps to help individuals make learning a spiritual endeavor.
Students and faculty at BYU Idaho gather on Feb. 12 to hear the words of Brian K. Ashton, second counselor in the Sunday School general presidency.
Dating in ambiguity: 1 scholar's advice for single adults Speaking at the 15th Annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture at BYU, Dr. Scott Stanley of the University of Denver shared advice on how to handle dating with the goal of marriage in a dating culture ruled by ambiguity.
Students attending the 15th Annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture chat prior to the lecture on Feb. 7, 2019 on the BYU Provo, Utah campus.
'I just want to be a 100-year-old missionary': Nellie Leighton continues to serve 20 years after she was shot in the Family History Library As her 100th birthday approaches, Sister Nellie Leighton is determined to serve the Lord as a senior missionary on Temple Square.
Nellie Leighton, 99, right, is hugged by fellow missionary Raelene Tondro at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.  Leighton will celebrate her 100th birthday in February.
Unleashing the power of families: How the 'Come, Follow Me' curriculum has 'fundamentally' shifted the gospel experience for members around the world A month into the new year, new Church schedule and new home-centered curriculum, families from around the world share how the changes have affected their Church and family study experiences, especially with small children.
Families using the new home-centered, Church-supported curriculum are beginning to witness the power promised by President Nelson when he announced it during the October 2018 general conference.
How 1 newspaper ad, a missionary and years of friendship changed the lives of 4 Swedish converts in the 1960s When Dee Sandgren met four girls in Sweden in 1960, he didn't realize then how much they would affect his life, and how much he, in turn, would change theirs.
From left: Daila Vizulis, Lisbeth Pettersson, a visiting sailor, Bert Mattsson, Margareta Johansson, another member of their ward and Lena Lindberg.
The 2 percent: How Muslims, Jews and other faiths are fostering interfaith understanding at BYU In 2018, BYU reinstated an interfaith club on campus and was featured by a major Christian publication for creating an environment of inclusivity for non-Latter-day Saint students. Here's a look at what that means for the students involved.
Barrister Raffia Arshad, left, speaks with BYU junior Laith Habahbeh, among others, at an event held by the BYU Interfaith Club on Oct. 16, 2018.
First look: Elder Bednar, Elder Rasband tour the Rome Italy Temple with journalists and political dignitaries The doors to the Rome Italy Temple were opened on Monday, Jan. 14, to welcome the first wave of visitors and media from around the world.
The Rome Italy Temple is reflected in the window of the Rome Temple Visitor's Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.
Treading water? Here's Elder and Sister Renlund's survival guide on how to get back in the boat Speaking in a worldwide devotional for young adults of the Church on Sunday, Jan. 13, Elder and Sister Renlund shared a parable to teach the importance of questions led by faith rather than doubts.
Screencapture of image shared during the youth worldwide devotional to illustrate the parable shared by Elder and Sister Renlund on Jan. 13, 2019.
President Worthen, Sister Worthen kick off BYU semester with lessons on divine identity, spiritual gifts Speaking to students gathered at the Marriott Center on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah, university President Kevin J. Worthen and his wife, Sister Peggy S. Worthen, share important reminders of loving Father in Heaven as students begin a new semester.
BYU President Kevin J Worthen speaks during the first devotional of BYU's Winter 2019 Semester in the Marriott Center, Jan. 8, 2019.
The 12 posts of Christmas that will make you want to grab the tissue box Reflecting on the birth of the Savior, Church leaders bore their testimonies of eternal families, the Atonement of Jesus Christ and being a light to others this Christmas season.
President Dallin H. Oaks shared a Christmas memory on Instagram of when he was a boy delivering Christmas baskets to widows and he didn't realize his own mother was a widow. In the post, he testified of Heavenly Father's plan of happiness and of eternal families.
'God is good': How a not-so-typical mission reunion in Bolivia was the start of many miracles Twenty years after serving together as young missionaries in Bolivia, some 70 missionaries returned to the country to witness miracles, to see the fruit of seeds long ago planted and to visit the temple they never saw completed.
The mission reunion group at the Ciudad de la Bonded orphanage in October. A nonprofit organization, which was started by four women from the mission group, does humanitarian work throughout Bolivia and they mission reunion group partnered with them to help expand the orphanage.
10 tender moments from President Nelson's first year as prophet of the Church Here's a quick look back at some tender moments with President Nelson from his first year as prophet and president of the Church.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints greets Juan David Vargas Saavedra, left, and Joseph Daniel Vargas Saavedra at the Hyde Park Visitors Center in London, England, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
#LightTheWorld giving machines raise more than $1 million for global, local charities and are still going strong The Church's #LightTheWorld campaign has surpassed last year's donations in its first few weeks with local and global donations from its five giving machine locations around the world.
A child looks through the selection of donations available in a #LightTheWorld "giving machine" in the lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City.