Stories By Jason Swensen

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.
Church releases statement on safety of missionaries near Hurricane Michael Missionaries in vulnerable areas evacuated prior to Michael's arrival. At least one member home has been lost to the storm.
The St. Marks River overflows into the city of St. Marks, Fla., ahead of Hurricane Michael, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. The hurricane center says Michael will be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)
'Like we had just scored a goal in the World Cup': What the temple announcement meant to Church members across the globe President Nelson announced the locations to 12 new temples on Oct. 7 during October 2018 general conference.
Mark Richey reacts to the announcement of 12 new temples during the Sunday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
President Ballard wrote his conference talk weeks before Sister Ballard died. Here's how his subject brought him peace Found in Doctrine and Covenants 138, the "Vision of the Redemption of the Dead" offers deep understanding of God's love and His plan of salvation and happiness.
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, delivers his October 2018 conference address on Saturday morning.
Members of many faiths working together defines ongoing clean-up effort in North Carolina Legions are expected to spend conference weekend serving others in need following historic hurricane.
Young women from the Apex North Carolina Stake clear out fallen branches from a yard in Wilmington.
Interfaith forum shows increasing global influence of Church and its leaders Religious freedom lifts economies while building better citizens, declares Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Sister Sharon Eubank and Elder D. Todd Christofferson converse on Sept. 27, 2018, at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both addressed faith leaders gathered for the global event.
The love story of 2 Latter-day Saint young adults who helped each other combat cancer Grim disease may have brought them together — but it doesn't define their relationship. They are simply "a good fit," with or without cancer.
Lexi and Ricki Stafford show of their "his and hers" pick lines during their respective cancer treatments. The two helped one another out during their fights with the disease.
Sister Eubank speaks at global religious forum about protecting, empowering women Building faith, strengthening families and lifting the poor remain guiding principles of Church's storied Christ-centered women's institution.
Sister Sharon Eubank and Elder D. Todd Christofferson converse on Sept. 27, 2018, at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both addressed faith leaders gathered for the global event.
Why protecting religious freedom matters, according to Elder Christofferson at G20 Interfaith Forum In his second plenary address at the global religious forum, Apostle declares both believers and non-believers benefit when freedom of religion is protected.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, right, member of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  talks to Sharif Aly at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Sunday, Sep 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
These 2 sister missionaries got special permission to join the Hurricane Florence cleanup. Here's why A day spent clearing out trees and debris from storm-battered yard doubles as a sacred moment to serve.
Sister Alicia Jones, left, and Sister Dawna Herr jumped at an opportunity to join a Sept. 22, 2018, cleanup project in waterlogged Wilmington, North Carolina, prior to their Sept. 26 missionary release date.
Christmas in September — how a miraculous donation has helped the Hurricane Florence relief effort Rugged gloves, boots, jeans, shirts, hats and socks given to all missionaries who will join hurricane-relief work crews in the coming days and weeks.
A Latter-day Saint Helping Hands work crew chops up a fallen tree outside a local church in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Church announces updates to food storage, emergency preparedness Church welfare leaders restate importance of family food storage to enjoy peace and self-reliance.
The Church announced plans that their facilities will supply families and community agencies with “finished good” such pasta, pancake mix and flour to be used for food storage.
Elder Christofferson presents at G20 Interfaith Forum on relieving suffering worldwide Elder Christofferson spoke at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Argentina about the Church's responsibility to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and serve.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles greets the audience before his speech at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018.
Why Church leaders support medical marijuana but not Prop. 2 Church calls on Utah Legislature to draft responsible medical marijuana laws to care for those in chronic pain.
Elder Jack Gerard, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, speaks for a broad coalition of Utah community leaders at a press conference addressing Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative during a press conference at the Utah State Office Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Elder Gerard was joined by Sister Lisa Harkness, first counselor in the church's Primary general presidency, left, and Elder Craig Christensen, a General Authority Seventy with the church, right.
North Carolina Relief Society ministers to flood victims 'on a whole new level' following Hurricane Florence Sisters cared for one another even during the most frightening moments of Hurricane Florence as the Relief Society works with priesthood brethren to minister to those in need.