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Rachel Sterzer Gibson
Rachel Sterzer Gibson

Rachel is a reporter for the Church News, sharing stories intended to inspire, enlighten and build faith.


A brief look at the history of temple going in French Polynesia and Australia and how local Church members are reacting to news of a more local house of the Lord.

President Nelson blessed the Manti Utah Temple to be "a house of peace, a house of comfort and a house of personal revelation" in his rededicatory prayer.

Professors at BYU and Texas A&M recently analyzed 6,000 experiences from nearly 900 students to see what activities increase a sense of connection to the university.

President Nelson punctuated 5 sessions of general conference with an invitation to "rejoice in the gift of priesthood keys."

With “exquisite diversity” of country, culture and ethnicity, Ensign College students are prepared to go forth “like a literal ensign of nations," Elder Stevenson told graduates.

"Consider how your life would be different" if priesthood keys had not been restored, President Nelson invites Latter-day Saints.

“The significance of these keys being returned to the earth … cannot be overstated” said President Russell M. Nelson.

Elders Bednar, Cook and Gong spoke while Elder Stevenson conducted the Saturday afternoon session.

The “remarkable blessing” of inner spiritual stillness is available to all striving to keep covenants with the Lord, said Elder David A. Bednar.

Here's a look back at some of the remarkable blessings the Prophet has given since being set apart as President of the Church in January 2018.

"I’ve grown closer to the people," Elder Rasband said of his recent ministry trip, which included stops in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji.

Here’s a look at the myriad ways students, faculty and employees throughout CES are remembering — and inviting others to remember — the Savior.

"May this house truly be the house of the Lord," President Eyring said in Red Cliffs temple dedicatory prayer. Read it here.

"This ground was made sacred" by the faith of past generations, President Eyring said of southern Utah during the dedication of a 2nd temple for St. George.

After a life defined by service to her family and her faith, Sister Ann Aylett Wood, widow of Elder Ray H. Wood, died March 15 in Bountiful, Utah, at the age of 90.

Sister Merrell and her husband worked together as they served as leaders of the Utah Salt Lake City South and Utah Layton missions and then as he served as a General Authority Seventy.

During Tuesday's devotional at BYU, Elder Taylor invited listeners to learn of and rise to their divine identity, purpose and destiny.

"A covenant is a pledge that we should prepare for, clearly understand and absolutely honor," Elder Renlund taught during a BYU devotional.

During an Ensign College devotional, Elder José A. Teixeira invited listeners to "prioritize eternal riches over earthly treasures."

“Believe that God knows your struggles and will send miracles,” said Sarah Jane Weaver, executive editor of the Church News, during a BYU–Hawaii devotional.

The General Authority Seventy met with the French Polynesia Minister of Solidarity and the Family on Feb. 2.

The new calling — to help facilitate the work of service mission leaders throughout the Pacific Area — is being filled by some familiar faces.

Sister Peterson, wife of emeritus general authority, died Monday, Feb. 12, after enduring the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Elder Evan A. Schmutz shared three personal habits to help individuals prepare for a joyful return to their heavenly home.

“He will feed and guide those who trust Him” is a promise “for you, now and in the future,” Elder Gerrit W. Gong assured.

Time is a gift from Heavenly Father. “You have a sacred responsibility to manage it wisely.”

BYU, BYU–Idaho, BYU–Hawaii, Ensign College, BYU–Pathway Worldwide and 15 institutes of religion hosted Date Night events to help “reset the culture of dating.”

New thematic lessons will help prepare youth for complexities of modern world through the lens of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The second house of the Lord in St. George, Utah, begins its open-house period prior to March 24 dedication.