Stories By Jason Swensen

The 161st Latter-day Saint temple is dedicated in Colombia It was an exciting day for Latter-day Saints in Colombia as President Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Ulisses Soares dedicated the second temple in their country on Dec. 9, 2018.
Dedicated Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, the Barranquilla Colombia Temple is that nation's second temple and the 161st in operation in the world.
Colombia's newest temple is already helping area youth make 'the right choice' President Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Ulisses Soares remind Barranquilla-area young men and young women to stay on the "covenant path" by serving in the Church's newest temple.
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency,  shakes the hands of young women who arrived early to secure front row seats for the Dec. 8, 2018, youth devotional in Barranquilla, Colombia.
How Caribbean Church members are staying vibrant and energized post Hurricanes Irma, Maria Elder D. Todd Christofferson's apostolic visit to the Caribbean comes just weeks after President Russell M. Nelson's historic weekend in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson fist bumps a little boy following a meeting on Nov. 11, 2018, with the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic San Geronimo Stake.
What's next for Latter-day Saints affected by Paradise Camp Fire? Here's what we know so far Spiritual support from neighboring Church members and beyond continues to life the spirits of those impacted by historic blaze.
A firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Latter-day Saint wins top chef award in New Orleans national cooking competition Cooking remains a sacred method of bringing together family and loved ones, says lifelong member and 2018 Chef of the Year, Todd Leonard.
Latter-day Saint Todd Leonard was recently named the 2018 National Chef of the Year at the American Culinary Federation national convention in New Orleans.
Golfer Tony Finau feeds 1,000-plus this Thanksgiving, gives perspective on faith, 2018 breakout season Gospel convictions allow Tony Finau to stay positive when things get rough on the golf course — and to stay humble when he's in top form.
PGA golfer Tony Finau poses for a photo at his home in Lehi on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.
How 220,000 turkeys and the Church's welfare program help thousands of people through the holidays Many Thanksgiving-season patrons of the bishops' storehouses will walk away with a turkey raised on a central Utah welfare facility.
Church agricultural specialist Wade Sperry inspects a brood house filled with young birds at the Church-owned turkey farm near Moroni, Utah.
President Russell M. Nelson to Texans: An eternal perspective will help you endure 'serious storms' President Russell M. Nelson spoke at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, for a special devotional on Nov. 18.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (right) with his wife Sister Wendy Nelson listen to speakers during a devotional held Sunday Nov. 18, 2018 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
President Nelson to speak in front of 25,000 at San Antonio's Alamodome President Russell M. Nelson, Elder David A. Bednar, and others to participate in Sunday member devotional in San Antonio.
San Antonio's Alamadome will be the site of a Nov. 18 member devotional featuring President Russell M. Nelson, Elder David A. Bednar and other visiting leaders.
Here's what Church members are doing after losing their homes to Camp Fire Members from two Paradise wards worship together on first Sunday after the fire. Professional counselors on hand to assist displaced Latter-day Saints of all ages.
Charred exterior walls are all that remain standing at the Paradise 1st Ward meetinghouse in Paradise, California, following a massive Nov. 8, 2018, wildfire.
Paradise Camp Fire hits Latter-day Saint families hard, destroys Church meetinghouses Church members are grieving due to the Camp Fire in Paradise that has devastated the area and destroyed two meetinghouses.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints burns during Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif.. on Thursday, November 8, 2018.
We finally know what happened to Latter-day Saints in Mexico during Hurricane Willa (and it's good news) Damage to member homes and Church buildings was limited to minor flooding with no reported injuries to members and missionaries.
The sun sets, as Hurricane Willa makes landfall, in Mazatlan, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018.
What British Latter-day Saints are doing to commemorate the 100th anniversary since World War I ended Multi-stake devotional on historic Nov. 11 Remembrance Day will honor sacrifices of United Kingdom citizens during World War I.
The Cenotaph memorial in Westminster, England, will again be the site of the Nov. 11 National Remembrance Service. This year service commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and will include representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Trading BYU jerseys for Helping Hands vests: Former athletes tackle Hurricane Florence cleanup Married athletes Mitch and Madie Mathews find joy serving strangers whose homes were severely damaged by Hurricane Florence.
Madie and Mitch Mathews left their Georgia home to spend a weekend working with a Church-sponsored Helping Hands crew in Wilmington, North Carolina, following Hurricane Florence.
Church reports status of missionaries in the path of Hurricane Willa Local priesthood and Relief Society are working to gather assessments from Latter-day Saints living in storm-impacted communities.
A family stands near their damaged home and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Willa, in Escuinapa, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Emergency workers on Wednesday were struggling to reach beach towns left incommunicado by a blow from Willa. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
President Oaks, Elder Bednar visit Florida after Hurricane Michael and answer why bad things happen to good people Joining the first counselor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' First Presidency at a Saturday gathering in Florida is an apostle, a Seventy, a member of the Presiding Bishopric and the leader of the Relief Society general presidency.
A North Carolina resident tells President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, about his experience of living through Hurricane Florence.
A Florida Sabbath Day defined by ministering via chainsaws and yellow T-shirts President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency and a host of key Church leaders say they are uplifted by selfless Helping Hands workers.
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, listens to and comforts a young Latter-day Saint as she describes her experience during Hurricane Florence.
BYU MOA displays unique collection of illustrations by a Jesuit priest. See the art here Student-developed exhibition at BYU's Museum of Art invites viewers to personally engage with the scriptures and the life of the Savior.
The 1647 engraving "The Nativity of Christ" is one of seven highly detailed images on display of the BYU-MOA exhibition "Meditate on the Lord."
Storm-savvy Area Seventy in Florida staggered by Hurricane Michael's destructive force Several Latter-day Saint home lost to the historic storm. More feared destroyed as damage assessments continue across hurricane's path.
Carol Ralph walks through downed trees blocking her heavily damaged neighborhood just after Hurricane Michael passed through in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.