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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.
'He was in charge': Richard Norby on surviving Brussels bombing through faith in Jesus Christ Richard Norby survived the terrorist bombings at the Brussels Airport and shared how he's been able to heal through his faith in Christ. Norby's story was shared in October 2018 general conference.
Richard and Pam Norby at their Lehi, Utah, home on Feb. 19, 2019. The Norbys are planning a return to Belgium, where Richard was seriously injured in the 2016 Brussels Airport terrorist bombing while serving as a full-time missionary.
Latter-day Saint young women in Tennessee share hijab gifts with Muslim friends Connections, understanding between the Latter-day Saints and Muslim communities in Knoxville strengthened because of the outreach actions of local youth.
Anna Hughes, second from right, visits with friends at a Knoxville-area mosque.
Elder Rasband calls teen suicide 'a crisis reaching all around the world,' shares message of hope in Christ There is no template for teens at risk for suicide, said Elder Ronald A. Rasband. “A greater understanding of Jesus Christ will help those who are spiraling down,” said Elder Rasband, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses Church Educational System employees, missionaries and their spouses during "An Evening with a General Authority" devotional, which was broadcast from the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Feb. 8, 2019.
Church donates funds raised by Light the World giving machines in New York, Arizona, and Utah Several humanitarian organizations receive funds raised during the 2018 "Light the World" charitable campaign sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Recipients of donations from a giving machine in Gilbert, Arizona. From

left to right, the recipients include Dave Richins, president and CEO of the United Food Bank; Mike Hughes, president and CEO of A New Leaf; Katie Pompay, executive director of Helen’s Hope Chest; and Tom Kertis, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
Connecting the dots: How 1 Latter-day Saint convert became the mission president of the elder who taught him Friendship that began with missionary discussions decades ago is again renewed through missionary service.
Marshall Islands/Kiribati Mission President John Larkin, left, was recently reunited with one of the missionaries who taught him the gospel decades earlier, Elder Laddie Stewart. Elder Stewart and his wife, Sister Lori Stewart, have been assigned as senior missionaries to President Larkin's mission.
President Oaks' advice to young married couples in Chicago on how to tackle faith-threatening questions President Dallin H. Oaks shared advice with young married couples on ways they can strengthen their family and their faith.
President Dallin H. Oaks answers questions fielded by audience members during a Feb. 2, 2019, devotional for young married couples in Chicago.
New BYU exhibition teaches souls can be constructed, rebuilt and improved — just like the Provo City Center Temple Like incinerated walls that were transformed into a temple, our lives can be reconstructed though Christ.
Firiefighters battle blaze that destroyed Provo Tabernacle on Dec. 17, 2010. From the ashes, the Provo City Center Temple has been constructed.
Elder Andersen calls European Latter-day Saints 'defenders of the faith' after visit to UK, France and Austria On an increasingly secular continent, member families play an essential role in "holding the line" in defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Marie-Blanche and Jean Caussé stand with Elder Neil L. Andersen and Sister Kathy Andersen. Brother and Sister Caussé are the parents of Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and Elder and Sister Andersen’s former branch president.
'Pure love': What a Muslim woman taught Latter-day Saint Dres Empey during the 2016 Brussels terrorist bombing The Brussels bombing was nearly three years ago now, but it taught Dres Empey life lessons that he'll never forget.
Despite being seriously injured in the 2016 Brussels Airport terrorist bombing, Dres Empey (shown with his wife, Elle) has returned to an athletic life.
These 10 Latter-day Saints hold positions in U.S. Congress — and that's the lowest number in nearly a decade Latter-day Saint lawmakers hail from four states and represent both major political parties.
Pennsylvania Avenue leads to the U.S. Capitol as seen from the Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 in Washington.
The life-changing moment when this BYU professor sang 'I Am a Child of God' to Mother Teresa Plans to build a temple in one of the world's most populous nations is evidence of the faith, fortitude of burgeoning Church in India.
Taunalyn Rutherford, holding blue bag, walks with Mother Teresa and fellow members of Brigham Young University's Young Ambassadors on the streets of Calcutta, India, in 1986.
Navy football coach featured in 'Meet the Mormons' receives new call as stake president President/Coach Ken Niumatalolo continues his balancing act — serving in Church leadership callings while directing a high-profile Division 1 college football program.
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo walks down the sideline in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tulsa, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Annapolis, Md.
How Watergate instilled in Elder Christofferson a deepened resolve to live the guiding lessons of his youth Washington D.C. forum on integrity and trustworthiness brings together two key figures from the Watergate investigation: Elder D. Todd Christofferson and renowned investigative reporter Bob Woodward.
Bob Woodward, Washington Post reporter who broke the Watergate story in 1973 and current associate editor at the Post, speaks to Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during "Integrity and Trust: Lessons from Watergate and Today" at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.