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Temple dedication 'a dream' for Latter-day Saints in DR Congo — here are highlights from the event Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple in three sessions on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Latter-day Saints gather outside the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple on its dedication day, Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Elder Renlund invites youth in DR Congo to dedicate their 'whole life' to the Savior Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles underscored the importance of the temple during a Saturday afternoon youth devotional held in anticipation of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple dedication.
With the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple in the background, youth pose for a photo prior to an afternoon devotional with Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
First Presidency announces new Church Historian and Recorder, Commissioner of Church Educational System The First Presidency has announced the call of Elder LeGrand Curtis Jr. as the next Church Historian and Recorder, and Elder Paul V. Johnson to return as Commissioner of Education.
Elder LeGrand Curtis Jr., left, will begin serving as the Church Historian and Recorder beginning Aug. 1, 2019. Elder Paul V. Johnson will return to serve as Commissioner of the Church Educational System, a calling he previously held from 2008 to 2015.
First Presidency releases Church's 2018 statistical report The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the annual statistical report concerning the growth and status of the Church as of Dec. 31, 2018.
Latter-day Saints stand and sing with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the morning session of the 189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
The Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center: Teaching the gospel in direct sight of the temple The Rome Italy Temple Visitors’ Center offers a multimedia experience — from the centuries-old style of artwork featuring marble statues and stained-glass panels to the most modern video displays and interactive graphics.
Visitors wander through the visitors center during dedication of the Rome Italy Temple in Rome, Italy on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
A sacred spirit: Remembering what temple announcements are really about Receiving and rejoicing over temple announcements at general conference can be done in the same sacred spirit they are presented by a prophet of God.
Carole Taylor Olsen, third from right, is joined by her children — from left, Scott, Lori, Mitch, Alan and Aaron — at the August 2016 open house of the Fort Collins Colorado Temple.
New temples haven't always been announced in general conference. Here's a breakdown of how that's changed Temple announcements have come in a variety of ways throughout the Church's history. Learn more about how that's changed over the years.
Dedicated in 1983, the Mexico City Mexico Temple was the nation's first temple. It will be rededicated on Sept. 13, 2015, following a nearly two year renovation period.
More 'The SafetyZone' videos for missionaries now available through Church's Media Library Missionary safety videos made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now available to watch online.
The Church's new missionary safety video series is patterned after a fictitious studio show called "The SafetyZone," with hosts talking about safety principles and showing "highlight" clips.
'You can do this': Elder and Sister Bednar encourage Latter-day Saints in family history responsibilities, opportunities The refrains of “We are the gatherers” and “You can do this” punctuated the conversation-presentation by Elder David A. Bednar and Sister Susan Bednar during their March 2 keynote address during RootsTech's Family Discovery Day.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, speak during the RootsTech conference, held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
3 Apostles' advice on how to approach family history and temple work at home, in your ward Three Apostles provided information and inspiration while discussing temple and family history organization and opportunities during a Feb. 28 leadership instruction for ward and stake leaders and members with such callings and responsibilities.
Apostles Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder David A. Bednar and Elder Dale G. Renlund participate in an instruction meeting for ward and stake leaders and members involved in temple and family history work. The image is from a screenshot from the Feb. 28 broadcast.
Here are the open house, dedication dates for the Lisbon Portugal Temple Dates for the open house and dedication of the Lisbon Portugal Temple have been announced, with a Sept. 15 dedication and an open house from Saturday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 31, excluding Sundays.
Rendering of the Lisbon Portugal Temple.
The little moments: How Elder Uchtdorf's ministry in Brazil made an unforgettable impact on Latter-day Saints Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with and inspired missionaries and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles admires a baby held by a Latter-day Saint woman following meetings in Salvador, Brazil, on Feb. 23.
Elder Uchtdorf comforts Latter-day Saint family after their missionary unexpectedly died in Portugal Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with and consoled a family in Sao Paulo whose Latter-day Saint missionary son unexpectedly passed away while serving in Portugal.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, right, embraces Raimundo Ferreira Rodrigues in the latter's home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Feb. 17, 2019. Elder Uchtdorf was consoling him and his family following his son's passing the previous month while serving as a full-time missionary in Portugal.
Church releases new series of videos called 'The SafetyZone' to emphasize missionary safety Watch the first episode of a 12-part series of videos produced by the Church that promote missionary safety.
The "SafetyZone" studio logo for the Church's new series of missionary safety videos, which was released March 1, 2019.
L. Don LeFevre, longtime Church spokesman, passes away at age 85 Don LeFevre, a frequently quoted former spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, surrounded by his children. He was 85 years old.
Brother L. Don Lefevre and Sister Bonnie LeFevre at the time of their call to the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors Center in 2000.
Put 'the family' into family history with these new kid-friendly activities FamilySearch’s “In-Home Activities” is online and available for individuals and families to discover who they are and how they fit with their family, both present and past.
Thomas, Sam, and Grace Arrington from Farmington, Utah, share a laugh while using the "Walk Where They Walked" in-home activity on FamilySearch.
Missionary from Utah serving in Dominican Republic dies after fall from apartment building roof An 18-year-old missionary from Utah serving in the Dominican Republic passed away Wednesday morning after falling from the roof of his apartment building.
Elder Brennan Conrad, 18, of Hyde Park, Utah, holds the country flag of the Dominican Republic, having been called to serve in the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission. Elder Conrad passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, after falling from the roof of his apartment building.
Elder Bednar on 'the bond' he feels with ancient Apostles during first visit to Jerusalem Elder David A. Bednar recently visited Rome, the Middle East and Jerusalem — his first-ever trip to the Holy Land.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is joined by his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, at the pulpit during the Jerusalem District conference meeting in the BYU Jerusalem Center on Saturday, Jan. 27. The Old City, including the Dome of the Rock, is seen in the background.
5 stories that give a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to put on President Nelson's devotional to 65,000 Here are the anecdotes of five Latter-day Saints prior to the Feb. 10 Phoenix devotional featuring President Russell M. Nelson and his first counselor, President Dallin H. Oaks at the State Farm Stadium.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walks into the State Farm Stadium with his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, in Phoenix on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.
From a TV interview to a Q&A with young adults, here are highlights from President Nelson's weekend in Arizona In addition to the large-scale devotional before about 65,000 people at State Farm Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 10, President and Sister Nelson also enjoyed several small-group settings.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, greet family members at the State Farm Stadium in Phoenix on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.