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Latter-day Saint missionaries can now call, text home weekly, First Presidency announces The First Presidency has announced that full-time missionaries can now call or text home on a weekly basis.
The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday, Feb. 15, that missionaries worldwide are now authorized to communicate with their families each week on preparation day by text messages, online messaging, phone calls and video chats, in addition to letters and emails.
Church announces groundbreaking dates for temples in Pocatello, Guam On Feb. 1, the First Presidency announced groundbreaking dates for the Pocatello Idaho Temple and the Yigo Guam Temple. The artist renderings of each temple were also made available.
An artist rendering of the Yigo Guam Temple.
This new tool helps prospective missionaries plan the best time to serve The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new tool to help prospective missionaries consider the best time frame for their missionary service.
The new prospective missionary tool available at lds.org helps those planning to serve a full-time mission plan when they would leave and return.
Hong Kong China Temple to close July 8 for renovations The Hong Kong China Temple will close for extensive renovations effective July 8, the First Presidency has announced.
The exterior of the Hong Kong China Temple, as shown during the month marking the 20th anniversary of the temple's dedication.
'It will be majestic': Filipino Latter-day Saints celebrate groundbreaking of new temple Presiding at the groundbreaking ceremony for the third temple in the Philippines, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland offered a prayer of dedication on the 32-acre site of the future temple.
Senior Church leaders joined community leaders in Urdaneta, Pangasinan, Philippines, on Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019, to break ground for a new temple in the Philippines.
St. George Utah Temple to close in 2019 for extensive renovations The St. George Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be closing on Nov. 4, 2019, for renovation.
The St. George Utah Temple was dedicated in 1877.
Groundbreaking for San Juan Puerto Rico Temple announced On Jan. 17, 2019, Newsroom published an article announcing that the groundbreaking for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple will take place on May 4, 2019.
The architectural rendering of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple. The rendering was released Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.
See the complete list of 164 new mission president assignments for 2019 The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has called 164 new mission presidents and companions who will begin service in July 2019.
164 new mission presidents and companions have been called by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will begin their service in July 2019.
Latter-day Saint sister missionaries can now wear dress pants The First Presidency has updated the missionary dress and grooming guidelines for sister missionaries worldwide.
Sister missionaries smile after meeting with President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lima, Peru on Oct. 20, 2018.
FAQ: What to expect in 2019 from the changes for Primary progression, young men priesthood ordination and youth temple recommends Beginning in January 2019, Latter-day Saint children will complete Primary and progress to youth programs as age groups. Read frequently asked questions about the announcement and upcoming changes.
Kampong Thom branch primary children pose in the chapel in Cambodia on Apr 28, 2018. On Dec. 14, the First Presidency announced changes to the timeline children and youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will complete Primary, move from one class or quorum to the next and attend the temple for the first time. The changes, effective January 2019, also impact when young men may be ordained to priesthood offices.
Here's a quick timeline of when young men have been ordained to the priesthood over the years Ages for ordaining young men to priesthood offices are not “doctrinally mandated” and have varied throughout Church history, according to materials released by the Church. Following is a historical list of ages for priesthood ordination.
The First Presidency announced changes Dec. 14 to the timeline children and youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will complete Primary, move from one class or quorum to the next and attend the temple for the first time. The changes, effective January 2019, also impact when young men may be ordained to priesthood offices.
First Presidency announces changes for Primary progression, young men priesthood ordination and youth temple recommends The First Presidency has announced changes that will unify when children move from the Primary program into youth programs, when they attend the temple for the first time and when some boys are ordained to the priesthood.
The First Presidency announced changes Dec. 14 to the timeline children and youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will complete Primary, move from one class or quorum to the next and attend the temple for the first time. The changes, effective January 2019, also impact when young men may be ordained to priesthood offices.
Dominican Republic MTC to close in January 2019 The Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center is closing next month, joining two other of the Church's MTCs previously announced as closing effective January 2019.
The Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.