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Mary Richards
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.


American Idol Finalist Paige Anne and Sister Andrea Muñoz Spannaus are encouraging youth to use JustServe for Global Youth Service Day 2024.

The Draper 5th Ward made reusable sanitary products for Guide Educational Foundation in Ghana.

From water conservation to solar panels and recycling, the Church of Jesus Christ strives to be wise stewards of the earth.

Young Women general leaders share how to help youth take the lead and why.

Primary Worldwide on Facebook and Instagram will help teachers and leaders with their callings.

From new incubators for babies, to neonatal and maternal training, to family gardens, see recent humanitarian efforts in Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay and Peru.

The third annual Geração de Renda event will feature Brazilian musician Alok and other speakers talking about entrepreneurship and business.

New boreholes, toilet facilities and hygiene education are helping thousands of people in the African nation.

Latter-day Saints in Ghana and Italy provided spaces for Muslims to gather during the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid festival.

Recent humanitarian efforts from the Church of Jesus Christ include flooding relief, new boreholes and wells, more classrooms and wheelchairs in several countries.

Medical equipment, language training, new playgrounds and more are part of recent donations from the Church around Brazil.

Service efforts in Prosper and Burleson included helping food pantries, gardens and cemeteries.

Several messages during April 2024 general conference focus on joy, peace and happiness through God’s eternal plan.

Speakers talked about temples, covenants, the doctrine of Christ and prayer during the Sunday morning session of April 2024 general conference.

“Everything about the Father’s plan for His beloved children is designed to bring everyone home,” said Elder Patrick Kearon.

“The peace He gives us is not like what the world gives. It is better. It is higher and holier,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

“To have the blessings of exaltation sealed upon us and remain after this life, we must be true to both the lateral and the vertical bonds of the covenant,” said Elder Matthew L. Carpenter.

“When we choose to be part of a covenant, it enhances and deepens our relationship with Him,” said Sister J. Anette Dennis.

"The Savior has the power to help us be centered in Him, even when we cannot get to a place of calm," Primary General President Susan H. Porter taught during a BYU-Pathway Worldwide devotional.

Couples in Lome, Togo, talk about what they learned from a Strengthening Marriage class from the Church's Family Services.

From speaking with a king in Togo to a first lady in Nigeria and an ambassador in Kenya, the Church has been able to increase understanding and growth in Africa.

The three Pritchard sisters are serving as service missionaries at the same time in Preston, England.

See four principles of how to start volunteering in the community.

Community relationships are being strengthened through JustServe projects and interfaith events.

A joint effort by the Church and URDA brought relief and support to those affected by crisis.

Activities, messages, scripture verses and videos are available to help teach children about Holy Week and Easter.

Women reflect on how service projects helped them feel God’s love as they served those in need.

Members participated in 6.2 million hours of volunteer work and 4,119 humanitarian projects in 191 countries and territories.

As Church members continue to help their neighbors after Chile's fires, "we are going to see miracles," said the area president.

Claus Andersen served as Norway’s first service missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ.