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Mary Richards

Mary Richards is a reporter for the Church News. Before that, she was a morning reporter/anchor for KSL NewsRadio in Salt Lake City. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism, and she and her husband have five children. Email her at mrichards@deseretnews.com.


Patrons first went to Brigham Young University for Leadership Week in January 1922.

A joint project renovated a 50-year-old water system in a village on the island of Tahiti.

Born Aug. 12, 1932, President Dallin H. Oaks has served as an Apostle since 1984 and in the First Presidency since 2018.

Donated rainwater harvesting systems and backyard gardens will help families be more self-reliant.

People immediately began replying to the Prophet’s question, “How are you taking charge of your testimony?”

Elder Caleb Wood serves despite health challenges and his volunteer work has been recognized with a major award.

A months-long food donation drive kicked off in a village in the area of Addis Ababa.

Born Aug. 9, 1951, Elder Neil L. Andersen has served as an Apostle since April 2009.

Tragedies, flooding and refugees have affected the Church’s Europe Area. New training helps leaders and members minister during a crisis.

In 2021, 21,500 new projects were created on JustServe. In the past 10 years, more than 130,000 projects have been put on the site.

Learning principles of ministering during a crisis can help Church leaders and members know what to do after a traumatic event.

Born Aug. 6, 1955, in Cache Valley, Utah, Elder Stevenson has served as an Apostle since October 2015.

Hundreds of people served together for a “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself” event in Arizona.

Church members donate supplies and food in Honduras, Guatemala, Peru and Argentina.

Villagers in Ghana are learning to better provide for their families through self-reliance training.

Eastern Kentucky has been the hardest hit from torrential rain that also affected West Virginia and Virginia this week.

Incoming Primary General President Susan H. Porter has spoken about service, love and identity over the past year.

Farming kits and other tools are helping villagers after COVID-19 lockdowns.

Drought is reaching a crisis in the Kurdistan region. The Church is working with the Barzani Charity Foundation and the government to provide access to water.

A desire to share more about the new Yigo Guam Temple and help others in need led to the donation.

Displaced families living in camps in northwest Syria now have cleaner, safer conditions after a project from CARE.

Navigating long tunnels and high trestles along an old railway trail taught lessons of perseverance and joy to the Richards family.

Members of the Church have been meeting in borrowed or rented buildings for 37 years. The Luanda Angola Stake center will house three wards.

Alan D. Johnson has been named to a newly created position as managing director of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

Donated desks and sewing machines, as well as refurbished classrooms and bathrooms will bless children and teachers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A youth center in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, not only now has a new roof, it also will use the Church’s Self-Reliance resources.

President Russell M. Nelson said no identifier should displace, replace, or take priority over these: Child of God, Child of the covenant, Disciple of Jesus Christ.

Volunteers from the Colorado Springs North Stake represented JustServe in the annual Fourth of July parade in Monument, Colorado.

Members of 17 stakes took part in JustServe and BillionGraves projects to prepare for President M. Russell Ballard’s visit to Topsfield, Massachusetts.

From meeting outside under a tree, to a new temple on the way, the Ivory Coast is an example of the rapid growth of the Church on the African continent.