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Jay Evensen: Keeping the Sabbath day holy to help droughts, family Several weeks ago, after writing about the persistent drought in the Western United States, I got an email from a reader who said he had a solution: Keep the Sabbath holy.
President Russell M. Nelson waves to attendees with his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, after the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
Music and the Spoken Word: The greatest battle of life While there is solace in accepting things we cannot control, we also need to feel that there are some things we can control — that we determine, at least to some degree, the direction of our lives.
While there is solace in accepting things we cannot control, we also need to feel that there are some things we can control — that we determine, at least to some degree, the direction of our lives.
As President Nelson begins South American tour in Lima, here's a look at the Peru MTC he dedicated 20 years ago President Nelson returned to Peru on Friday, Oct. 19, with plans to address missionaries in the South America Northwest Area and to speak at a devotional that will be broadcast throughout Peru from the Coliseo Mariscal Caceres.
President R. Spence Ellsworth of the Peru Missionary Training Center and his wife, Sister Laurie Ellsworth, look over the dedicatory prayer by President Russell Nelson displayed at the training center in Lima, Peru on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.
See and download the most recent General Authority chart for October 2018 Recent changes to the Church leadership are reflected in a new chart of the General Authorities and general officers dated October 2018 available to download.
A chart of the General Authorities and general auxiliary leaders of the Church as of October 2018.
How one bishop's idea to plant tomatoes blessed a rural Utah community On a September Saturday morning, Bishop Rodney J. Ward stood in the small community center kitchen and cranked a juicer, filling a pan with tomato juice. Red stains striped his shirt.
Youth and leaders in the Howell Ward gather tomatoes as part of a harvest and canning project in Plain City, Utah, on Sept. 5, 2018.
This week on social: Church leaders share thoughts on divine differences and extra measures of faith Following messages from the previous week about general conference, the social media accounts of leaders of the Church posted thoughts and lessons about things they have learned from their families or from recent experiences.
In an Oct. 18 Instagram post directed to young adults contemplating dating and marriage, Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, expressed his gratitude for his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, and for their “divinely designed differences and perspectives." Such differences "help us to learn from each other,” the post read.
Kristin Chenoweth to join The Tabernacle Choir in their 2018 annual Christmas concert — here's how to get tickets This year, one of Broadway’s most well-known performers, Kristin Chenoweth, will appear as the featured guest and narrator of the annual Christmas concert by The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square.
Kristin Chenoweth will be this year's featured guest artist and narrator at The Tabernacle Choir's annual Christmas concert.
An innovative approach to education: How BYU-Pathway Worldwide is creating a global campus A look at the ways BYU-Pathway Worldwide has grown to create a worldwide education system in under a decade.
A Pathway student studies at home with her child.
From the Vault: Sister Elaine S. Dalton's 'Arise and Shine Forth' Modesty has to do with more than dress and appearance, said Sister Elaine S. Dalton during her 2004 BYU Women’s Conference address. It is also includes actions, speech, thoughts, desires and a condition of the heart.
Elaine Dalton, Young Women general president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
These new picture quotes from October 2018 general conference are perfect for your phone, tablet Did you know that lds.org has downloadable picture quotes designed for use as wallpapers and backgrounds on tablets and phones?
Downloadable picture quote from general conference available on lds.org.
Elder Funk shares 4 ways busy college students can lighten their burdens To the many students who are laboring with all their might with school, work and Church callings, Elder Randy D. Funk, General Authority Seventy, reminded them of the Savior’s words found in Matthew 11:28-30.
A scene from the Church's Bible videos depicts the Savior.
The unexpected moment that taught Elder Gong the eternal importance of learning Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares the impact knowledge has in a person's life years after it is obtained.
Sister Susan Gong looks over at her husband, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, prior to him speaking at a BYU campus devotional on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.
Are you participating in President Nelson's social media challenge? During the general women's session of general conference, President Russell M. Nelson extended an invitation to participate in a 10-day fast from social media.
President Russell M. Nelson speaks about changes during the Saturday morning session of 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
BYU MOA displays unique collection of illustrations by a Jesuit priest. See the art here Student-developed exhibition at BYU's Museum of Art invites viewers to personally engage with the scriptures and the life of the Savior.
The 1647 engraving "The Nativity of Christ" is one of seven highly detailed images on display of the BYU-MOA exhibition "Meditate on the Lord."
Music and the Spoken Word: Let love rule the day We can love people even if we do not love their choices. After all, isn’t it more important — though perhaps more challenging — to love a person than to love words or actions?
Choreographer and director Jerome Robbins, left, and actress-singer Mary Martin, dressed in her Peter Pan oufit, fly through the air during a rehearsal for a television program in 1955.  (AP Photo)
Download a short summary of each October 2018 general conference talk As a service to our readers, the Church News has created a downloadable PDF summarizing every talk in the historic October 2018 General Conference:
Conferencegoers gather for the Saturday morning session during the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
This week on social: 15 posts from leaders of the Church during general conference weekend 15 Church leaders' social media accounts posted at least once over the weekend, sharing further details relating to their talks or confirming again their role as special witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Screen shot of Elder Gerrit W. Gong's Twitter post from Oct. 10.
Storm-savvy Area Seventy in Florida staggered by Hurricane Michael's destructive force Several Latter-day Saint home lost to the historic storm. More feared destroyed as damage assessments continue across hurricane's path.
Carol Ralph walks through downed trees blocking her heavily damaged neighborhood just after Hurricane Michael passed through in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.
Church releases statement on safety of missionaries near Hurricane Michael Missionaries in vulnerable areas evacuated prior to Michael's arrival. At least one member home has been lost to the storm.
The St. Marks River overflows into the city of St. Marks, Fla., ahead of Hurricane Michael, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. The hurricane center says Michael will be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)
How living the Word of Wisdom helped WWII veteran twin brothers reach their 100th birthdays Before they celebrated their 100th birthdays with friends and family last week, twin brothers and World War II veterans Boyd and Ralph Henderson shared lessons learned over a lifetime of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Boyd Henderson, left, and Ralph Henderson, wearing their military uniforms at the 99th birthday celebration in Provo, Utah September 2017.
Why Latter-day Saint women are participating in the social media fast and what they hope to gain from it During his October 2018 general women’s session address, President Russell M. Nelson issued four challenges to the women of the Church, one of which included taking a 10-day fast from social media.
Chrisie Allen's Facebook post.
President and Sister Nelson set for ministry tour to South America President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, will tour five South American countries in a nine-day trip this month. They will be joined by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson.
President Russell M. Nelson waves to attendees with his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, after the Sunday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
The hymn President Nelson wrote that the Tabernacle Choir performed during general conference Those who attended or viewed the Sunday afternoon session of the October 2018 general conference may be surprised to learn that the lyrics of the final hymn — “Our Prayer to Thee” — came from President Russell M. Nelson.
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings during the Sunday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
'A Christ-like life': Sister Ballard remembered for the love, service and light she gave others Thousands gathered Monday to celebrate the “matchless life” of Sister Barbara Bowen Ballard — a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who made the lives of those around her “a little better, a little happier."
President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, places a yellow rose in the casket spray for his wife, Sister Barbara Ballard, who was laid to rest in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Monday, October 8. 2018.
See highlights from the Sunday afternoon session of October 2018 general conference In a general conference already hallmarked for the impactful announcement of the revised Sunday meeting schedule, the concluding session was also distinguished by historic news.
Attendees wave to general authorities after the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
President Russell M. Nelson: 'Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints' "I urge you to study these messages, commencing this week. They express the mind and the will of the Lord for His people today," said President Russell M. Nelson in his October 2018 general conference closing remarks.
President Russell M. Nelson gives his closing remarks during October 2018 general conference.
'Like we had just scored a goal in the World Cup': What the temple announcement meant to Church members across the globe President Nelson announced the locations to 12 new temples on Oct. 7 during October 2018 general conference.
Mark Richey reacts to the announcement of 12 new temples during the Sunday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
Elder Jack N. Gerard: 'Now is the Time' Life's many offerings may offer interest and entertainment, but most have little to do with one's eternal progress, taught Elder Jack N. Gerard, General Authority Seventy, during the October 2018 general conference.
Elder Jack N. Gerard gives his address, "Now is the Time," during the Sunday afternoon session of October 2018 general conference.
Elder Matthew L. Carpenter: 'Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?' Elder Matthew L. Carpenter, General Authority Seventy, speoke in the Sunday afternoon session of general conference on the topic, 'Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?'
Elder Matthew L. Carpenter speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of October 2018 general conference.
Elder Robert C. Gay: 'Taking Upon Ourselves the Name of Jesus Christ' Elder Robert C. Gay spoke about the importance of taking on the name of Christ and trusting in Him during his October 2018 general conference address.
Elder Robert C. Gay delivers a message during the Sunday afternoon session of October 2018 general conference.
Brother Brian K. Ashton: 'The Father' Having a correct idea of Heavenly Father's character, perfections and attributes is essential to exercising faith sufficient to obtain exaltation.
Brother Brian K. Ashton speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of October 2018 general conference.
President Henry B. Eyring: 'Try, Try, Try' President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, offered encouragement during trials during the Sunday afternoon session of general conference on Oct. 7.
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, gives an address in the Sunday afternoon session of October 2018 general conference.