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Returned missionary siblings hit the high notes as rising opera stars Mary Hoskins and her brother, Jonah, rely upon their faith and one another as they ascend the ranks of professional opera performance.
Siblings Mary and Jonah Hoskins are both pursuing professional opera careers following full-time missionary service.
'Choose you this day': 1 theme Latter-day Saints can take away from April 2019 general conference Personal accountability was a defining theme in the messages shared by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during April 2019 general conference.
Conferencegoers arrive for Saturday's priesthood session of the 189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
'This is undoubtedly a miracle': Latter-day Saints around the world react to 8 new temples announcement New temple will be built in Latin America, the Pacific, Europe, Utah and Washington
Conferencegoers walk to the Conference Center for the Sunday afternoon session of the 189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband: 'Build a Fortress of Spirituality and Protection' Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles asked members to "Build a Fortress of Spirituality and Protection" during the Sunday afternoon session of General Conference on April 7.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gives his address during the Sunday afternoon session of the 189th Annual General Conference on April 7, 2019. 
Here are 31 photos that highlight the priesthood session of April 2019 general conference Leaders encourage holders of the priesthood to find strength through repentance and wise choices — and to make priesthood quorums welcoming "teams" of brotherhood and unity.
Mario Hernandez, right, laughs with his son, Ray, before Saturday's priesthood session of the 189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
President Dallin H. Oaks: 'Where Will This Lead?' "Our present and our future will be happier if we are always conscious of the future," President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, said during the priesthood session of general conference on April 6.
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the priesthood session of the 189th Annual General Conference on April 6, 2019. 
How a Latter-day Saint convert from 'the slums' became Utah Valley University's first female president President Astrid S. Tuminez relied upon faith, hard work and the support of others to become a leader in international business and education.
Astrid S. Tuminez smiles to the crowd at the public meeting of the Board of Trustees where she is introduced as the seventh President of Utah Valley University in Orem on Friday, April 20, 2018.
How the Pocatello temple groundbreaking impacted Idaho's Muslim community following the New Zealand shootings The Pocatello Idaho Temple groundbreaking brought Christians, Muslims, Jews and practitioners of the Baha’i Faith together. Days later, the community also gathered at the Pocatello mosque to mourn the New Zealand shootings.
Thousands gathered under brisk, clear skies on March 16, 2019, for the groundbreaking service of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.
What brought 2,500-plus youth to the Pocatello Idaho Temple site before the groundbreaking happened Preparing land for the groundbreaking temple ceremony will remain a lifelong memory for Pocatello young people.
Young women gather remnants of sagebrush during a massive clean-up project on the site of the future Pocatello Idaho Temple prior to the March 16, 2019, groundbreaking ceremony.
Former MLB pitcher Jeremy Guthrie talks baseball vs. mission field as Opening Day approaches Unlike Major League Baseball, full-time missionary work has no "off days" or "off season," says Jeremy Guthrie, a current mission president and former MLB pitcher.
Texas Houston South Mission President Jeremy Guthrie joins full-time missionaries to share Spanish-language versions of the Book of Mormon. The former pro baseball player served a mission to Spain.
This All-American runner thought being a mom would end her career. Now, she says it makes her a better BYU athlete BYU cross-country star Erica Birk-Jarvis opens up about how being a returned missionary and a mother has made her a stronger athlete.
BYU athlete Erica Birk-Jarvis has learned to find balance as a mother, a wife, a full-time college student and an elite college distance runner.
Pocatello Idaho Temple groundbreaking a highlight of the year for Latter-day Saints Tens of thousands across southeastern Idaho participate in Saturday's groundbreaking service.
Children take a turn turning soil at the March 16, 2019, groundbreaking service of the Pocatello Idaho Temple.
Stunning work by new Latter-day Saint artists showcased in Church's international competition Discover new Latter-day Saints artists from across the globe in the Church's 11th International Art Competition.
A detail of "Never a Murmur," a cast bronze sculpture by Craig Cunningham, is pictured in front of "Lights of Night," an acrylic piece by Roland Thompson, during a media preview for the 11th International Art Exhibition at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
13-year-old Latter-day Saint soccer phenom turns pro After signing an endorsement deal with Nike, Olivia Moultrie has officially gone pro — but while soccer is her life, she puts faith and family above everything else.
Latter-day Saint soccer player Olivia Moultrie, 13, recently signed an endorsement deal with Nike and plans to pursue a professional career.
Elder Soares shares how God's promised blessings are being claimed in Caribbean's isles of the sea Elder Ulisses Soares dedicates island nation of Curacao; promises promising Church future across the Caribbean Area.
Elder Ulisses Soares bids farewell to Latter-day Saints who gathered for a Feb. 21 member meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Latter-day Saints respond to tornado in Alabama While no missionaries or members injured in the Alabama tornado disaster that claimed 23 lives on March 3, members are anxious to get out and serve their neighbors affected by the disaster.
A man salvages belongings near Beauregard, Ala., on Monday March 4, 2019. Friends in eastern Alabama are helping tornado survivors retrieve the scattered pieces of their lives after devastating winds destroyed their homes and killed at least 23 people. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
Elder Soares visits grieving missionaries in Dominican Republic following elder's sudden death Apostle honors Elder Brennan Conrad as an "obedient and very good leader."
On Feb. 23, 2019, Elder Ulisses Soares visited with the three missionaries in the Dominican Republic who were serving with Elder Brennan Conrad at the time of his death. Joining the apostle was Sister Rosana Soares; Elder Jose Teixeria of the Presidency of the Seventy; Sister Filomena Teixeria; Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission President Bret Smith; and Sister Jeanette Smith.
A Home Evening with Elder Christofferson in Central America Visiting with members, Elder Christofferson shared insights about being accountable for gospel study in the home and reminded Latter-day Saints to be patient in learning
Elder D. Todd Christofferson on Sunday, February 10 at the special conference of the San Salvador El Salvador Soyapango Stake.
How April 2018 general conference inspired a new album by the Tabernacle Choir The Tabernacle Choir, directed by Mack Wilberg, was inspired to record a new album after April 2018 general conference.
The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will release its new album — "Let Us All Press On: Hymns of Praise and Inspiration" — on March 8, 2019.