Stories By Tad Walch

The power of ministering: How the enduring faith of members overcame 'The Freeze' in Ghana When the government outlawed the LDS Church in Ghana for 18 months in the late 1980s, members of the Koforidua Branch ministered one by one to stay connected and faithful.
Emelia Ahadjie, left, greets Juliet Akrong in Accra, Ghana, on Friday, April 20, 2018.
African Mormons still buzzing about President Nelson's visit African Mormons are still talking about the visit of President Russell M. Nelson to their continent last month — and will be for years. He compared them to the pioneers who crossed the plains with Brigham Young in the 1800s.
A child runs outside the Rongai meetinghouse on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
London, Nairobi demonstrate cultural diversity of international Church during President Nelson's tour London and Nairobi were matching bookends for the Church by the end of the first week of President Russell M. Nelson's global tour.
Rashid Agesa, left, Fidel Martial and Ann Kerubo sing during a special devotional with President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday, April 16, 2018.
First stop: London — President Nelson addresses missionaries, members as global tour begins "To have the prophet of God here to deliver a message of strength to these missionaries and members is energizing," England London Mission President Mark Stevens said.
President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson walk to greet missionaries at the Hyde Park Chapel in London on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Hall of Fame quarterback shares lessons from setback during BYU devotional "The BYU Fight Song teaches us lessons we can successfully incorporate into our daily lives," said Elder S. Gifford Nielsen.
Elder Gifford Nielsen gestures to attendees of the BYU devotional in Provo on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
Despite failing health, prophet 'could be of good cheer' through service to others During the final years of President Thomas S. Monson’s life — a time when his own physical health and memory were fading — the prophet found great joy in doing what he had done so many times before: visiting those who needed lifting.
Mormon missionaries returning to Puerto Rico 3 months after Hurricane Maria The LDS Church is sending 14 young elders and two senior couples back to the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission nearly three months after 155 young missionaries and more senior couples were evacuated due to the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
Trees stand barren in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria along a road in Montones Cuatro in the Piedrazul sector of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Power is still cut off on most of the island, schools and many businesses are closed and much of the countryside is struggling to find fresh water and food. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
Mormons regrouping after California fires "I understand the pillar of fire now. It was here," said Jack Reisner, who was among more than 150 Latter-day Saint families to lose homes as 16 fires raged through Northern California for nearly two weeks. No members died or suffered serious injury.
LDS Church leaders deliver first Book of Mormon in Nepali to Nepal Church leaders recently surprised the Church's only branch in Nepal with copies of the first Nepali translation of the Book of Mormon. The reaction was sweet, and historic, said Elder D. Todd Christofferson.
Apostle accepts World Peace Prize in India Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles accepted the 2017 World Peace Prize in India on Aug. 14 on behalf of the Church.
Choir, apostles participate in presidential inauguration An apostle offered a prayer for President Donald Trump and all other leaders during during the presidential inaugural prayer service on Saturday, a day after the Mormon Tabernacle Choir took center stage in the inauguration itself.
Elder Rasband: Serve one by one Elder Ronald A. Rasband addresses inaugural ceremony at Southern Virginia University, focusing on serving as the Savior did. "One by one He took our sins upon Him in Gethsemane," he said.
Injured missionary: 'Fear won't stop me' Richard Norby has started to walk again four months after he suffered severe injuries in the Brussels airport terrorist attack. In his first interview, he said he relies on and trusts the Lord and follows scriptural advice to choose optimism.
Richard Norby holds an x-ray which shows his broken leg and many pieces of shrapnel while talking about his recovery from the March terrorist attack on the Brussels airport at home in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Norby was in Brussels serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Brussels bombing victim now serving in the Ohio Kirtland Mission Sister Fanny Clain, a slight, 20-year-old Frenchwoman with a big smile and bigger spirit, arrived the Historic Kirtland Visitors' Center this week after a month in the Provo MTC and a month recovering from wounds sustained in the Brussels bombing.
Two LDS families help Elder Christofferson make presentation at the World Meeting of Families Two local LDS families, including nine children ages 5 to 18, helped Elder D. Todd Christofferson present activities members use to strengthen family ties during a presentation Thursday at the Catholic World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.