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Christine Rappleye

Christine Rappleye is a reporter for the Church News. She has been an editor and reporter for the Deseret News in the features sections and was also part of the Visual Editing team. She previously worked for the Beaumont Enterprise in Southeast Texas as a reporter and editor. She was born and raised in Southeast Texas and graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a communications degree. She served a mission in the Taiwan Taipei Mission. She tries to take advantage of the “Greatest Snow on Earth” by her attempts to stay upright on skis in the winter and hopes to not kill the plants in her container garden on her balcony in the summer.


British actor Sir David Suchet, known for his portrayal of Hercule Poirot, will narrate the choir’s Christmas concert.

See the unwrapping celebrations as the 2022 Giving Machines open in 28 locations across the U.S. and around the world for #LightTheWorld

Christmas lights are back at the Mesa Arizona Temple and Washington D.C. Temple grounds, plus lights are on at Temple Square and Temple Hill in Oakland, California.

The Tabernacle Choir’s three pilot programs are to help expand “Music & the Spoken Word,” change travel and tours and include more international voices in April 2023 general conference.

The Bells at Temple Square’s “Visions of the Season” concert will stream Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. MST and will be available on demand. Watch it here.

Here are 9 stories from the Church News from the week of Oct. 23-29.

In Thailand, Elder Uchtdorf made a surprise visit to the country’s first FSY conference, ministered to members and presented a humanitarian donation.

From Gladys Knight and Roma Downey in 2000, the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s Christmas concert has featured a variety of guest performers.

Broadway singer, actor and “Disney Legend” Lea Salonga will be the guest artist at the choir’s Christmas concert.

When the singer and actress, who died on Oct. 11 at 96, sang at the Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concert in 2001, she said she felt an “extraordinary spirit.” See 4 videos from the concert.

Meetinghouses were some of the buildings used as shelters as Typhoon Noru, locally known as Typhoon Karding, made landfall.

Elder Ulisses Soares will participate in this year’s ‘Luz de las Naciones’ celebration of Latin American culture, which is back in the Conference Center on Nov. 5.

The Saturday afternoon morning session of October 2022 general conference included talks from President M. Russell Ballard and two members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Organ Fest XIII on Sept. 23 features the five Tabernacle organists and an organist from the Cathedral of the Madeline.

In “The Everlasting Covenant” in the October 2022 Liahona magazine, President Nelson wrote about covenantal love — or hesed in Hebrew — and how those who make covenants with God are blessed “with an extra measure of love and mercy.”

Queen Elizabeth II died Sept. 8 and her funeral was Sept. 19.

During April 2022 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson invited listeners “to seek an end to a personal conflict that has weighed you down.”

The prosthetic limbs were through a collaboration with the Church and Yayasan Peduli Tuna Daksa (which translates as Limb for the Limbless Center).

John G. Turner, a professor of religious studies and history at George Mason University, will be the keynote speaker.

Sister Rebecca L. Craven, Young Women general presidency counselor, and Sister Amy A. Wright, Primary general presidency counselor, encourage missionaries and meeting with children and youth, parents and leaders in the Philippines.

Sri Anon was baptized in 1973 — three years after the Church’s official recognition in Indonesia — and has seen both the Church’s growth and her own.

The Piano Guys, cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and pianist Jon Schmidt, will perform with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s “Music & the Spoken Word” broadcast on Sunday. See how to watch it.

The ‘Savior of the World,’ a musical celebration of the birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, recasts 100 parts each year.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square traces its roots to group that performed less than a month after pioneers entered Salt Lake Valley.

The presentation is Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square and is free and open to the public.

Former NBA player Thurl Bailey is now one of four rotating greeters for in-person audiences at The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s “Music & the Spoken Word” broadcasts.

Read 9 Church News stories from the week of Aug. 14-20 in this week in review.

Elder Kyle S. McKay began serving as the Church historian and recorder on Aug. 1 and has been the assistant executive director for the past three years.

Earlier this month, President Nelson invited “to take charge of your testimony of Jesus Christ.” Now, he wants to know how people are strengthening their testimonies.

President Nelson invites all to strengthen and grow their testimonies through prayer, scripture study, temple attendance, learning to hear Him and then “watch for miracles to happen in your life.”