On the day of the project, the Coral Springs stake youth joined together with 14 youth from the shelter to work alongside one another. Among the youth was Maddy Wilford.Ryan Petty believes the solution to these problems are not found in policies or political arenas, which are seeking to resolve an issue after the fact. It is instead found in reaching out to meet the needs of others.Danielle Koon had a decision to make.A stronger courage
Before and after photographs of the outdoor area of the Lippman Youth Shelter that the Coral Springs Florida Stake youth helped to work to re-sod. Photo by Diahan Southard.Together, Missy Wilford, Maddy’s mother, and Koon ran about 8 miles that day and were en route to the Marriott when they received word that Maddy Wilford was among those who were shot. She was being taken to the hospital for immediate surgery.Graham Kormylo made a miraculous recovery. His father said that in his opinion Koon was the catalyst because of the care she gave to their family during Graham’s 88 consecutive days in the hospital. So, when he heard about the shooting that took place at Brooklyn Koon’s school, he wept.The decision was clear: Koon could go to her daughter or remain with Missy Wilford, a single mother.
Danielle Koon (middle) with Missy and Maddy Wilford. Photo courtesy of Danielle Koon.Just as Koon had been in the hospital with the Kormylo family, she was with the Wilford family as Maddy Wilford underwent surgery. In both instances, the families recall Danielle coordinating visits and meals in the days that followed.“I think it just shows a stark contrast,” President Tholen said. “If you have faith in Christ and peace in Christ, you can be fearless even in times of trials and challenges.”That night as their son, Graham, was taken to the pediatric intensive care unit, Micah and Lindsey Kormylo faced a decision over who should stay with their son and who should hold their 6-week-old baby who couldn’t enter the unit due to age restrictions.A text tree with members of her stake, including the parents of 14-year-old Alaina Petty who would later learn their daughter had been killed in the shooting, served as their source for information as news traveled fastest through word-of-mouth.“As a stake Young Women president, you know all these kids,” Koon said, adding that she had been a Young Women adviser and camp leader prior to her call to serve as stake Young Women president one year ago. “You know their parents. You know their families. You’re worried about them and the fact that it had been about two and a half hours and we still hadn’t found Maddy and we hadn’t found Alaina. Maddy’s mom was really stressing out, and she and I just started running.”This is not the first time Koon has found herself in a hospital with those she has been called to serve. Just under four years ago, Koon was serving as a Primary president in McKinney, Texas, when on June 9, 2014, a 6-year-old member of her Primary was run over by a car while hiding under a pile of blankets while playing in a neighbor’s driveway.Sixteen-year-old Brooklyn was trapped in a room at Stoneman Douglas High School with her classmates. As the world now knows, a gunman opened fire, fatally shooting 14 students and three staff members and wounding others in the Valentine’s Day school shooting.
Terrance Washington of the Lippman Shelter smiles for a photo with Danielle Koon, Young Women president of the Coral Springs Stake, and Jon Tholen, second counselor in the Coral Springs Stake presidency. Photo by Diahan Southard.Koon and her husband, Ryan, who also came to the hospital, didn’t make it home until the early morning hours.
The Coral Springs Florida Stake youth work to re-sod the outdoor area of the Lippman Youth Shelter. Photo by Diahan Southard.The project ended up being much more involved than anticipated, as a sprinkler system had to be redone and the wall had to be power washed before being prepped with a base coat. The success of the project was the result of the combined efforts of many members of the Coral Springs stake as they gave time, equipment, and materials.But Koon is not alone. Members of the Coral Springs Florida Stake have collectively joined together in an effort to turn outward, and in doing so, they have found healing.Kelly Petty was also asked by Koon to assist in painting a mural on a wall behind the shelter. The message they chose to paint on the wall was simple, it reads “fearless faith.” It is a message noticeably different than that of many Stoneman Douglas students who have been vocal since the shooting.Texts from her daughter hours earlier revealed the horror taking place: “I can hear shots. I can hear people screaming. I think they’re coming closer mom.”Another who helped with the service project was Kelly Petty, mother of Alaina Petty, who volunteered to drive, knowing that many of the kids in their stake didn’t have transportation. She knew that Alaina would’ve been there if she could have been.
The Lord puts us where we need to beKoon called her daughter and told her that she loved her but couldn’t come to her right then.As the Coral Springs stake leaders began to discuss their stake’s upcoming youth conference, they knew they wanted their youth to take part in something uplifting rather than something that would prolong grief, “to really have the youth find peace in Christ and feel of His love,” President Tholen said.“The Lord puts us where we need to be, and she was certainly guided and listened that day,” Missy Wilford said of Koon. “And I think more than anything, as a mother, she made a call. … She came with me, knowing that I didn’t have anyone there, and they came and waited until I did have someone with me before they saw their own daughter, which I think just speaks volumes to how they are as a family.”
Elder Gary E. Stevenson visits LDS teen Maddy Wilford, who was shot during the February 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo courtesy of the Wilford family.“And in comes Danielle out of nowhere,” Micah Kormylo recalled. They didn’t know Koon very well, but they knew she was their ward’s Primary president. “When we probably needed someone to be there with us the most, when we were too proud, too shy, too new, too whatever to reach out and call for help, she was there and she was an answer to the prayers we hadn’t even said yet.”“I feel really bad because I feel like I should be there shepherding you, but at the same time Maddy had been shot and her mom needed someone to support her right then,” Koon told her daughter.When one girl was hesitant to take part, Koon introduced her to Maddy and the two found common ground as Maddy shared her story.People drawing on the Atonement of the Savior“They’re kind of being more out there and they’re kind of like, ‘If you’re not on my side then you’re against me,’” Maddy Wilford said of some of the messages shared in the media. “But with faith, you just have faith that things will get better … and it’s more like a stronger courage.”“My immediate reaction was anger that Danielle, this angel, and her family would have to go through that,” Micah Kormylo said. “And then my second thought was everybody in her ward is going to be in really good hands, just because I’ve seen that for myself. I’ve seen how Danielle’s attitude is ‘help first and ask questions later.’”“What I have seen in both of those situations is how peaceful and calm people are who already have their testimonies strengthened,” Koon said. “At that moment, when it happens, they’re not being tested on ‘Is God real? Is this real? Is that real? Is this okay?’ They already know.“I kind of tried to lift her up because I could tell that she was having a hard time,” Maddy Wilford said. “It kind of changed her mood and she asked a few questions about what had happened, and I told her that I was involved in the shooting and that I got shot but that I was okay and that I was happy to serve her, even though I had all of this going on.”“It was hard to be in the car with the girls because she wasn’t there,” Kelly Petty said. “I was just really sad that she couldn’t be there helping them because I know she would’ve been right in there, carrying sod, getting all dirty, and helping lay it and she would’ve really had a lot of fun.”“At that point, they’re already finding comfort. … Already they had a strength there that you just can’t explain. It’s there and it’s just something that I’ve stood back and observed. I’ve seen how there’s just such a presence of Heavenly Father there taking care of things when people can’t take care of them on their own.”“For me, that’s just been a huge testimony confirmation to see at the individual level so many people drawing on the Atonement of the Savior and the blessings of the gospel in their lives,” said President Jon Tholen, second counselor in the Coral Springs Florida Stake presidency. “For me, it was a great example watching Brother (Ryan) Petty. He’s actually been going around and visiting the other parents who lost children.”“What we’ve tried to do as a family and what the stake youth are trying to show us are that the real ways to solve these problems are to reach out beyond your immediate circle of friends to people who may not be like you, may not believe exactly what you believe, may not look like you, and to serve them as our Savior would have us do,” Petty said. “That’s really the solution here.”
The Coral Springs Florida Stake youth work to re-sod the outdoor area of the Lippman Youth Shelter. Photo by Diahan Southard.Koon said that in the wake of both the Parkland shooting and Graham Kormylo’s accident, her only hope was to comfort and help the families impacted and not cause harm. However, in both incidents, she has been an observer of the healing power of Jesus Christ.They became aware of an opportunity to re-sod the lawn and repaint an outdoor wall at a runaway shelter for troubled teens. As President Tholen and Sister Koon visited the shelter, President Tholen describes having “a Brigham Young moment” where he knew: “This is the place.”Koon received word that Brooklyn was safe and had been taken to safety at the nearby Marriott. But two and a half hours had passed and two of her young women, Maddy Wilford and Alaina Petty, were still missing.
W. Todd and Carrie A. BrothersonMéxico Cuernavaca MissionSister Hernández is a former ward and branch Relief Society president, district Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, institute teacher, and missionary in the Venezuela Barcelona Mission. Born in Falcón, Venezuela, to Rodolfo Romero and Maria Magdalena de Romero Senar.Sister Runia serves as a stake Relief Society scripture instructor and is a former stake Young Women president and stake Relief Society presidency counselor. Born in Concord, California, to Vincent Alma Wood and Gail Hilton Wood.
J. Kimo and Kaye D. EsplinJon Ross Kimo Esplin, 55, and Kaye Davis Esplin, eight children, Willow Creek 7th Ward, Sandy Utah Willow Creek Stake: Japan Tokyo Mission, succeeding President Takuji Nagano and Sister Kuniko Nagano. Brother Esplin is a former stake president, stake Young Men presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, ward Young Men president, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Japan Kobe Mission. Born in Kahuku, Hawaii, to Ross Stolworthy Esplin and Olive Ora Moody Esplin.
Alejandro H. and Elisa TreviñoSister Brotherson serves as a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and is a former ward Primary and Young Women president, Sunday School and Relief Society teacher, and missionary in the Spain Seville Mission. Born in Sacramento, California, to Arnold Robert Parrott and Phyllis Arlene Gregg Parrott.Sister Hobbins is a former ward Relief Society president, Young Women adviser, Sunday School and Primary teacher, and nursery leader. Born in Los Angeles, California, to Robert Gale Sasine and Caroline Lucy Sasine.Japan Tokyo MissionSister Card serves as a ward Young Women president and is a former ward Relief Society secretary, ward Relief Society president, and stake Primary presidency counselor. Born in Magrath, Alberta, Canada, to Robert Hodgson Whitehead and Gloria Jean Whitehead.Chile Santiago East Mission
John W. and LaCinda LewisJohn Wootton Lewis, 60, and LaCinda Smoot Lewis, eight children, Cullumber Ward, Gilbert Arizona Stake: Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission, succeeding President James L. Christensen and Sister Charlene Christensen. Brother Lewis serves as a ward Young Men president and is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, stake Sunday School presidency counselor, ward mission leader, and missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission. Born in Provo, Utah, to Ben Elden Lewis and Barbara Rae Wootton Lewis.
R. Scott and Tammy W. RuniaWilliam Todd Brotherson, 55, and Carrie Ann Parrott Brotherson, three children, Rockbridge Ward, Buena Vista Virginia Stake: Chile Santiago East Mission, succeeding President Marty Morgan and Sister Lydia Morgan. Brother Brotherson is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, stake executive secretary, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Texas San Antonio Mission. Born in Provo, Utah, to William Max Brotherson and Deanne Barbara Bingham Brotherson.Taiwan Taichung MissionBradley Watson Card, 45, and Cynthia Jean Card, four children, Forest Heights Ward, Edmonton Alberta Bonnie Doon Stake: Taiwan Taichung Mission, succeeding President Michael John U. Teh and Sister Grace Teh. Brother Card serves as a high councilor and stake Young Men president and is a former ward Young Men president, ward mission leader, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the Taiwan Taipei Mission. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Bryce Dean Card and Kathryn Watson Card.The following eight new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July of 2018. Biographies of other mission presidency couples will be published throughout 2018 on news.lds.org. Find other published biographies.
Pedro E. and Magdalena HernándezCambodia Phnom Penh MissionMark Allen Hobbins, 59, and Diane Teresa Sasine Hobbins, seven children, Live Oak Canyon Ward, Santa Margarita California Stake: Utah Ogden Mission, succeeding President Jeremy R. Jaggi and Sister Amy A. Jaggi. Brother Hobbins serves as a mission presidency counselor and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, seminary teacher, ward Young Men president, ward mission leader, and missionary in the New York Rochester Mission. Born in Fullerton, California, to Milton Emery Hobbins and Dolores Joyce Pages.Pedro Esteban Hernández Alfonzo, 48, and Magdalena Inés Romero de Hernández, two children, Punto Fijo Ward, Punto Fijo Venezuela Stake: Venezuela Barcelona Mission, succeeding President Alberto A. Álvarez and Sister Aurora M. Rojas de Álvarez. Brother Hernández is a former stake president, mission presidency counselor, district president, stake executive secretary, high councilor, and missionary in the Venezuela Maracaibo Mission. Born in Falcón, Venezuela, to Nicolas Hernández and Carmen de Hernández.
Mark A. and Diane T. HobbinsUtah Ogden MissionSister Esplin serves as a Primary music leader and is a former ward Young Women president, ward Primary and Relief Society presidency counselor, and stake camp director. Born in Salt Lake City to Paul Nofear Davis and Rae Jean Davis.
Bradley W. and Cynthia J. CardAlejandro Humberto Treviño, 53, and Elisa Casanova de Treviño, five children, Contry Ward, Monterrey México Roma Stake: México Cuernavaca Mission, succeeding President Héctor Ávila Rosales and Sister Martha P. Meléndez de Ávila. Brother Treviño Almaguer serves as a high councilor and is a former bishop, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the México Hermosillo Mission. Born in Monterrey, México, to Carlos Walter Treviño and Emma Delia Almaguer.Australia Sydney MissionSister Treviño serves as a stake Relief Society president and is a former stake Young Women president. Born in México City, México, to Juan Casanova Cerda and Alfa Loya de Casanova.Sister Lewis serves as a temple preparation teacher and family history specialist and is a former ward Relief Society president, stake missionary, stake Primary secretary, stake public affairs specialist, ward Young Women presidency counselor, and ward music chairman. Born in Seattle, Washington, to L. Douglas Smoot and Marian Bird Smoot.Venezuela Barcelona MissionR. Scott Runia, 60, and Tamara Wood Runia, seven children, Edgemont 1st Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont Stake: Australia Sydney Mission, succeeding President Daniel J. and Sister Donna J. Bingham and President Max L. and Sister Donna H. Checketts. Brother Runia is a former Area Seventy, stake president, high councilor, stake presidency counselor, bishop, and stake Young Men president. Born in Salt Lake City to Thys Runia and Christina Hendrika Meister Runia.
Pioneer journals indicate that as colonists began building homes in 1851, they learned of an imminent attack by mountain Indians. The valley’s Cahuilla Indian chief prevented the attack and befriended the pioneers. Jewish merchants began arriving, one traveling with a Mormon wagon train, bringing the region’s first Torah. Spanish rancho families frequented the colony, and converts from Polynesia also arrived.Pioneer music was heard throughout the day from the concert booth where performers used dulcimers and other pioneer instruments. Spanish and Polynesian dancing groups performed on stage, along with the Special Destiny presentation recounting black pioneer history. A new musical debuted about the San Bernardino colony, written and performed by the Ontario Stake. Area Seventy Kevin K. Miskin, center, and his wife, Robin, left, taste salsa prepared by sisters from the Upland 4th Branch during San Bernardino Heritage Day. Photo courtesy of Russell and Naomi Harper.Colonist Mary Ann Rich, wife of Apostle Charles C. Rich, wrote that the citizens “worked almost as one family, they were so united“ (“True Community,” Ensign, Feb. 2003). Following the colony’s legacy of “true community,” elected and religious leaders participated in Heritage Day ceremonies. Yucaipa Mayor Greg Bogh, a member of the Yucaipa stake and descendant of Apostle and colonist Amasa Lyman, greeted guests. San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis, a member of the San Bernardino stake, reviewed the pioneer history and explained the first two city mayors were Apostles Amasa Lyman and Charles C. Rich. Elder Kevin Miskin, an Area Seventy, encouraged visitors to remember the sacrifices of the pioneers. Performer Sylvia Taylor, center, and California living history missionary Keith Bond, right, participate in San Bernardino Heritage Day. Bond portrayed Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Photo courtesy of Russell and Naomi Harper.”In our blessed valley, Jews and Saints have a history of over 150 years of mutual respect, shared values, [and] respect for differences,“ said Steve Becker, also of Temple Emanu El.James Ramos, former San Manuel Indian tribal chairman and current San Bernardino County supervisor, performed Cahuilla and Serrano Indian songs.Based on the history of the colony in San Bernardino established by LDS Church members in 1851, San Bernardino Heritage Day included music, food, and activities with volunteers and visitors representing LDS, black, and Jewish pioneers, as well as Native Americans, Spanish rancho families, and Polynesians in period dress.
Redlands stake members Amanda Himle, left, and her daughter Oliva Himle make a pioneer doll during San Bernardino Heritage Day. Photo courtesy of Russell and Naomi Harper.Over 3,500 people in the Inland Region of Southern California experienced a unique “Pioneer Day” celebration on May 5, held on pioneer land in Yucaipa.“It was important that we teach this significant pioneer history,” said Charles C. Rich, event chairman and great-great-grandson of Apostle Charles C. Rich, who served in the colony. “It is culturally diverse and most members could represent their own heritage.”Activity booths taught pioneer, Spanish, and Indian skills, such as blacksmithing, gold panning, and making arrowheads and tortillas. Live chickens were displayed near the Olive Tenney schoolhouse, showing how pioneers hatched hundreds of baby chicks. Children “helped” chase loose chickens.Rabbi Hillel Cohn, from Temple Emanu El in Redlands, told stories of Jewish pioneers.California living history missionary Ed Allebest, who taught pioneer history while riding in wagons with guests, said Heritage Day “was a delightful history-learning, skill-building, memory-making experience.””It is important for us to remember how the city and county developed through the diverse cultures and people coming together,“ he told the crowds.
While the family jokes about their reputation, it is clear to see the happiness they get from their tradition and, according to Tom Miner and his wife, Carol Miner, the blessings for their family are what really motivates them to do it.And for Hoge, her parents’ example is just one of the ways people can get creative with family history work.“It’s kind of fun because we’re all in different stages,” Hoge said. “The kids are really good at finding names.”Once the kids have completed the baptismal work, they turn the family names over to their parents and grandparents to complete the other ordinances.And although it didn’t start off as anything more than a way to teach their own grandchildren how to love the temple, Tom and Carol Miner realize now that they are setting an example that goes beyond their own posterity.Tom Miner, as the one who takes the grandkids to the temple and sits with them as they go through the baptisms and confirmations, explained the system they have. “We usually do about five names per kid each week,” Tom Miner said. And if the temple workers ever ask if they want to do more names, Tom Miner said his response is always the same.Every Friday afternoon, like clockwork, six or seven youth, accompanied by their grandfather, tumble out of a black suburban in the parking lot of the Bountiful Utah Temple and make their way inside to the baptismal area.The tradition has brought the whole family together and has instilled a love for the temple in each of the Miners’ children and grandchildren. Hoge explained that even when they are on vacation, the children will often ask to visit the temple if there is one nearby.And according to the children, it has changed the way they understand the purpose of the temple and has given them a greater desire to be there often.And after their temple work is finished, they head to the temple cafeteria for mashed potatoes and pie.“At first it was just about getting to see my cousins and seeing how fast we could get through it,” said Elizabeth Hoge, one of the Miner’s grandchildren. “But the more we kept going, it became more of a special experience. You can definitely feel Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s love for you there … you can feel what they think your potential is.”“A couple weeks ago, one of the workers told Tom he had taken his grandchildren to the temple too,” Carol Miner said.Tom Miner explained that while they obviously do temple work for the benefit of their ancestors, his purpose in taking his grandkids is to be there with them in the temple and help them build a love and understanding of the importance of the House of the Lord.But with the kids going weekly, Hoge admitted that there is sometimes a build-up of names when it comes to completing endowments.But their dedication doesn’t come in just the form of regular attendance, but also in the form of the family history work they are performing.“We can’t keep up with them,” Carol Miner said.“We always do family names,” Carol Miner said. She and her daughter Deborah Hoge, whose children go with their grandfather each Friday, explained how each child will work to find names to take to the temple with them each week. And as they head into the seventh year, they estimate they have completed somewhere around 7,000 family names since they started the Friday tradition.The example of their grandparents has taught the grandchildren to sacrifice to be at the temple, Hoge added, noting that the kids will often miss other activities with friends in order to attend the temple on Friday afternoons.“It’s always their choice, and they choose to go,” Hoge said. “They keep doing it because, even if they can’t put it into words, I think it must be impacting them.” Bountiful Utah Temple
Tom and Carol Miner outside of the Bountiful Utah Temple. Photo courtesy of the Hoge family.“No,” he will say. “We’re here for the living. So we’ll be back next week and we’ll do five more.”For the past six years, Tom Miner has taken his grandkids who live near him in the Bountiful area and who are of age to participate to perform baptisms following their early release from school nearly every Friday afternoon.“It’s kind of funny because the ordinance workers know [when] we usually arrive,” said Tom Miner, the grandfather whose weekly tradition with his grandchildren has become a small-scale phenomenon at the Bountiful temple.“There are probably grandparents and parents out there thinking there’s nothing they can do,” she said. “Well, they can drive their grandkids to the temple, and even if they can’t go in, maybe they can just get them there. We can think outside the box.”“We wanted them to feel the peace and the power and the protection and the perspective and all those things the temple gives us,” Carol Miner said. “We wanted our grandchildren to have that because life is rocky. There are rough seas and they’re going to have challenges and ups and downs, and as grandparents, what can you do? And that was one of the thoughts that came, was if we can get them to the temple, they’ll be able to feel the Spirit, and that’s where they’ll want to be. And that’s proved to be the case.”“We kind of have a reputation in the temple for eating a lot of mashed potatoes and gravy,” Tom Miner said, laughing and giving the side eye to his grandkids who sat down with him for a recent interview with the Church News. “Everybody that works there kind of knows the group now because we’ve been doing it for years, and well, we go through a lot of mashed potatoes and gravy.” From left, Isaac Miner, Miles Calder, Alexa Calder, Hailey Miner, Makaila Hoge, Tom Miner, Elizabeth Miner, Savannah Miner, Austin Miner, and Jacob Hoge stand outside the Bountiful Utah Temple. For the past six years, Tom Miner has taken his grandkids to the temple every Friday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Tibi Hoge.
Madrian received a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a master’s and bachelor’s degree in economics from BYU.The announcement was made by Brigham Young University Academic Vice President James R. Rasband on May 24.Madrian, who is the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management and chairwoman of the Markets, Business, and Government Area in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will begin her five-year term on January 1, 2019. She is the first woman to this post. Brigitte C. Madrian will begin her tenure as the ninth dean of the BYU Marriott School of Business in January 2019. Photo by John Madere.Current dean, Lee T. Perry, has been dean since 2013, and will return to the Department of Management as a strategy professor after his term is complete.“Dr. Madrian has a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and public service,” said Rasband in a release. “She pairs her impressive record with wise judgment, deep roots at BYU, and a commitment to the mission and aims of the university. I am confident that she will lead the BYU Marriott School of Business with wisdom, energy, and vision.” Before working at Harvard in 2006, Madrian was on the faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2003–2006), the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1995–2003), and the Harvard University Economics Department (1993–1995).Harvard University professor Brigitte C. Madrian will become the ninth dean of the BYU Marriott School of Business beginning in 2019.Madrian is an expert on behavioral economics and household finance, with a particular focus on household saving and investment behavior. Her work in this area has impacted the design of employer-sponsored savings plans in the U.S. and has influenced pension reform legislation both in the U.S. and abroad. Madrian also uses the lens of behavioral economics in her research to understand health behaviors and to improve health outcomes.The BYU Marriott School of Business prepares men and women of faith, character, and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world. BYU Marriott School has four graduate and ten undergraduate programs, with a total enrollment of approximately 3,300 students.As a result of her work, she has received the Retirement Income Industry Association Achievement in Applied Retirement Research Award (2015) and is a three-time recipient of the TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Research on Lifelong Financial Security (2002, 2011, and 2017).Madrian is also currently serving as the co-director of the Household Finance working group at the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Board of Governors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Academic Research Council, and numerous additional advisory boards.“I am grateful to Dean Perry for his dedicated service and outstanding leadership of the BYU Marriott School of Business,” Rasband said. “He has sacrificed much, not just during his deanship but throughout his career, to build the college. I admire his long record of setting aside his own passion for teaching and research to instead focus on providing opportunities for his colleagues and for our students. His committed service leaves behind a stronger college.”
Argentine artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo poses for a photo with some of his artwork at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.The cubism-influenced painting by Argentine artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo depicts Christ standing before a lake and extending His arm to a boat, where Simon Peter and Andrew are fishing. But it was more than that; Hurtado, who is the global acquisitions art curator at the Church History Museum, found the painting realistic enough to recognize the story while still using complicated color motifs, abstractions, and linear lines. This made it stand out from the other entries at the 10th International Art Competition in 2015, an event which Hurtado said is designed to build the museum’s collection. Argentine artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo poses for a photo with some of his artwork at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.Santángelo, whose son Amiel Cocco acted as his translator, said the exhibit was most influenced by his own testimony and that part of his testimony comes from touching other people through his work.Hurtado explained that Santángelo’s style is called “sacrocubism,” which combines cubism and sacred subject matters. This helps viewers worry less about exact details, such as clothing and landscapes, and more about the story’s meaning and depth; the abstract element serves as a lens for the story’s real meaning, which is “sometimes hard to comprehend and certainly hard to capture,” she said.Hurtado ultimately acquired the piece, which led to a 21-work commission depicting sacred events from Christ’s life as found in the New Testament. Those works are now in a new Church History Museum exhibit called Jorge Cocco Santángelo: Sacred Events from the Life of Christ that runs from May 17 to October 1.“I just felt like I had found something that really resonated with the Church and that Church membership was eager to also expand those visual narratives to represent the global nature of our Church,” Hurtado said.He also said this type of art requires self-renewal to “analyze and awaken those things that are inside,” which helps him find new ideas in events that have been depicted before.She also said the exhibit becomes part of the Restoration by contrasting with the nearby Mormon Trails exhibit, which shows pioneers as they’re traditionally thought of. The Sacred Events exhibit, however, shows how Jorge and his wife, Myriam, who joined the Church in 1962, “were the trailblazing members of Argentina.”In addition, he feels a “very heavy sense of responsibility” when painting. This painting, titled The Last Supper, by Argentine artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo is part of a new exhibit at the Church History Museum in downtown Salt Lake City.“In the Restoration, the understanding of the gospel needs diverse languages to be able to understand it completely,” the artist said.“[The Call] didn’t feel like an obvious choice,” she said. “It felt new and it felt fresh.” This painting, titled Sermon on the Mount, by Argentine artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo is part of a new exhibit at the Church History Museum in downtown Salt Lake City.Laura Allred Hurtado was first drawn to The Call. Argentine artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo poses for a photo with some of his artwork at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.“I’m not just painting any landscape or anything, so if I’m not inspired by God, I couldn’t be able to do it,” he said. “When I finish a piece of work, I give tribute to God for this gift that I’ve received because it’s not mine. It was given to me to do this.”The paintings, however, are more than simply a new exhibit; they’re an indicator of an increasingly global Church.
But for many who have to travel long distances, often along rough dirt roads, the wheelchair is not enough.Mobility—a life-altering giftIt’s also relatively inexpensive. In mass production, each hand trike would cost less than $90. BYU engineering students Nicole Laws and Cameron Johnson test out a hand-trike apparatus that they and a team of fellow students designed to attach to Church-produced wheelchairs. The hand trike will improve the speed and mobility for people who use the wheelchairs.PROVO, UTAHLDS Charities challenged the students to design and prototype a hand-trike assembly that attaches to the ultra-durable wheelchairs created by LDS Charities. The one-piece apparatus they developed weighs just over 10 pounds and allows people to pedal with their hands instead of their feet. It’s multi-geared, designed for continuous motion, and includes steering features and brakes for safe travel. And it’s ergonomically sound, protecting users from repetitive motion injuries.The Church-operated LDS Charities has been in the wheelchair business for almost two decades, providing some 700,000 durable wheelchairs to people with disabilities of all backgrounds in more than 130 countries. (Learn more.)The students “hit all the points we’re looking for,” Eric Wunderlich, manager of the LDS Charities wheelchair initiative, told BYU News. “I’m pretty happy with the way they developed something that’s fairly easy for the users themselves. They don’t need someone to help them put it on and take off. … This is a product that will be a life-changer for a lot of people.”“Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God.”“I would love to have one of these trikes,” said tester Weston Daley in a BYU report. “This design is exactly what I’ve been looking for—something that I could hook on to my daily wheelchair and not have to go buy a separate full trike that’s out-of-this-world expensive.”Larson likely wasn’t thinking of such elevated matters after being assigned to help design a hand-trike assembly that can attach to wheelchairs created by LDS Charities. He only knew he would be part of a team designing and prototyping the apparatus as part of his graduation capstone project.Enter Larson and his fellow BYU students.Lightening another’s burden. Comforting those seeking peace. Witnessing of God “at all times” and “in all things.” All are divinely guided actions of people practicing “pure religion.” It’s about taking one’s own unique talent and making it an offering to a spiritual bishops’ storehouse.But almost immediately the returned missionary and his fellow engineering students and team members—Cameron Johnson, Nicole Laws, Jon Barley, Travis Ward, and Andrew Funk—realized their work was about far more than college credit.LDS Charities hopes to eventually produce 5,000 hand trikes per year and could begin placing the products with wheelchair users, worldwide, by the end of the year.But when he stops and ponders ancient verses such as Mosiah 18:8–9, perhaps such modern-day instruments—and the people relying upon them—enter his mind. BYU engineering students Nicole Laws and Cameron Johnson test out a hand-trike apparatus that they and a team of fellow students designed to attach to Church-produced wheelchairs. The hand trike will improve the speed and mobility for people who use the wheelchairs.Recent BYU grad Ryan Larson can read the Book of Mormon again and again. He won’t find mention of wheelchairs or hand trikes.“The difference between our first and second designs was drastic,” he said.For Larson, the project marked an opportunity to combine professional training with charitable impulses. “I really wanted to mesh my engineering background with projects that can benefit people’s lives,” he said.Larson said one of the most valuable steps in the design process was working with wheelchair users who shared real-world, practical suggestions and insights on improving their initial prototype.It was Alma who taught: “And now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;It’s hoped their work will soon be offering legions around the world new levels of mobility—including the freedom to move about more quickly, comfortably, and at greater distances.Daley added that 25 minutes of travel in his wheelchair would be reduced to five minutes using the hand trike.
The long-suffered evil and deplorable effects of the massacre at Glencoe could have been far more catastrophic had it not been for the town’s valiant bagpiper, who quickly made his way to the hill above the town and commenced playing a warning tune, sounding the alarm. The piper’s rendition, known only to the villagers themselves, warned, “The enemy is among us!”“The massacre of those of my lineage more than 300 years ago was a great crime,” she said. “But now, in these latter days with Christ’s plan of salvation restored to us, to deny the victims rescue through vicarious access to the temple ordinances and baptism would seem a greater crime.”It was the heart-wrenching story of the Glencoe massacre that inspired the miner, who chanced to read the story, to petition county officials to change the name of Mosquito Gulch, California, to Glencoe. This act stands as a lasting tribute to those who met their tragic demise while striving to save their fellowmen from the perils of a late, deadly winter blizzard. To this day, in Glencoe, California, a spiritual entreaty is honored by kindred souls vicariously placing a rose at the base of a cairn in the name of each of the fallen.With her GPS honed in on a century-old Veterans of Foreign Wars lodge, located near a mining camp deep in California’s Mother Lode along the Mokellume River, Laurel Adams set off for a family gathering very unlike other American summertime family reunions.After attending the gathering of her Scottish ancestors in Glencoe, California, Adams, whose great-great-grandfather was a McDonald, made it clear she felt that her passion for proclaiming the gospel could not have found a more acceptable genealogical totem than the McDonalds of Glencoe.Genealogical research, made possible through family history, is now finding increasing numbers of members with family trees whose roots trace back to the original Glencoe, and this historic family has a strong presence in the Church.“It was a most satisfying encounter,” she said. “After all those years of sitting in front of a microfilm projector, rummaging through file cabinets and staring into a computer monitor, the sheer delight of seeing, hearing, and reaching out to embrace branches of the family tree is a joy beyond measure—one that you could never hope to pull up on a website.”And she said that encounters with living descendants of these shared ancestors, like the ones she experienced in Glencoe, offer limitless missionary opportunities as well.With the name of her great-great-grandfather carved in stone at Martin’s Cove and 25 years as a researcher at the LDS Name Extraction Center in Ogden and the genealogical center in Salt Lake City, Adams has few pages in her family’s history that are left unturned. Most of her work focuses on individuals in her lineage whose passing preceded the Restoration of the gospel by Joseph Smith in 1830. However, she recently discovered in her research a “genealogical motherlode” that would lead to some remarkable places, intriguing events, and unforgettable people.When asked why, at age 89, she would undertake such a challenging odyssey into a martyred past, her response was simply a firm testimonial of the restored gospel, which sets forth a shared responsibility for performing eternal temple ordinances for kindred dead.Additionally, each year during the first week in February, descendants of the Clan Donald—often called McDonald in modern times—around the globe gather at various localities and pay tribute to their martyred ancestors.The celebration, complete with a banquet featuring the traditional potatoes and haggis, a parade led by the colorful kilt-clad clansmen, and the swirling sounds of bagpipes, was a resounding affirmation that the beauty of lives placed on this earth by our Creator could not be snuffed out by a callous band of king’s men. All of which trumpets the future needs and past blessings of Church missionary endeavors.“To be able to afford myself for a few days the spiritual trappings of ancestors who were back then, in the 17th century, still awaiting the restoration of Christ’s gospel … was, for me, a renewed call for addressing my family history responsibilities,” Adams said.As a member of the Lorin Farr 1st Ward, Ogden Utah Lorin Farr Stake, Adams is one of thousands of Church members worldwide who devote much of the spiritual side of their lives to doing temple work for deceased ancestors.Adams’s destination—Glencoe, California, which was formerly known as Mosquito Gulch—has a unique connection to her Scottish ancestry. It was there that back in the 1850s, while taking shelter from a raging storm, a lonely gold miner chanced to read the story of the 1692 massacre of the Clan Donald, which was perpetuated by the King of England. The McDonald side of the family, which she had always taken to be somewhat exclusive, turned out to be a veritable microcosm of the social and ethnic identity of a nation, as well as the Church itself.Bent on attending a gathering of her ancestral lineage of Scottish loyalists—the Clan Donald—Adams climbed into the Salt Lake Airport shuttle, unsure of what her journey would bring.As she prepares to celebrate her 90th birthday, Adams has found a newly energized pursuit of gospel doctrine that has proven to open more genealogical doors and allowed her to make connections she never would have imagined.The object of the king’s assault was the Christian village of Glencoe, Scotland, the home of the Clan Donald. The obliging Clan Donald, not realizing that the king’s men were there to do them harm, had initially embraced the soldiers by taking them into their homes to shelter them from a terrible snowstorm. The king’s men, after 12 days of accepting generous hospitality in the homes of the Donalds, began a surreptitious onslaught, killing their hosts. At the day’s end, some 38 innocent lives, including mothers and their small children, lay lifeless in their homes.
Laurel Adams with a bagpiper from the McDonald celebration in Glencoe, California. Photo courtesy of Laurel Adams.The open-arms spirit with which Clan Donald greeted her sparked a profound missionary outreach in Adams. The two days of fellowshipping with her kindred Scots had imbued her with recognition that through the miracle of baptism for the dead and temple endowments, their common ancestors need not be denied the saving ordinances of heaven performed in LDS temples around the world.
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks to Church members in Sweden during a visit to the country on April 29.At one point during the visit, 32 family members from four generations were together. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, visit with Church members in Sweden during a visit to the country on April 29. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, visit with Church members in Sweden during a visit to the country on April 29. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, visit with Church members in Sweden during a visit to the country on April 29.“Elder and Sister Renlund and all the 16 grandchildren present (ages 13–30) were asked to go over to our son’s house (our neighbor),” she said. “There the Renlunds talked to the young people and answered questions. It was a very special family home evening.”More than four decades later, on assignment as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Renlund again returned to that familiar mission home.The Renlunds’ visit was a thrill for the members. To hear an Apostle—with deep Swedish roots—speak to members in their own language was something they will never forget.Elder Renlund’s talk was broadcast to all of the Swedish members and has been published in Swedish on the country page on LDS.org. Leaders and Church members are happy to have access to it.Although his recent visit to his “other homeland” was short, it was one of personal significance.Although Elder Renlund was born in Salt Lake City, he grew up speaking Swedish in his home. His mother, Mariana Andersson, was from Sweden, and his father, Åke Renlund, was from a Swedish-speaking town in western Finland. The couple met and fell in love in Sweden and were committed to marrying in the temple, so they emigrated from Sweden to Utah, his mother in 1948 and his father in 1950.Samuel Höglund made the comment, “Thank you for being a powerful witness in a world of confusion.”“I met individuals who had been, or their parents had been, introduced to the gospel by my grandparents or parents,” Elder Renlund said. “In Stockholm, I experienced the most thrilling thing that can happen to a missionary—I was reacquainted with a man who I had the privilege of baptizing while I was a young missionary. Pablo Bensige is currently serving as the ward mission leader in his ward.”
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Image by Aaron Thorup.Elder Renund said he felt the same emotions as the Book of Mormon prophet Alma, when he said, “And what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord” (Alma 17:2).“Elder Renlund had informed us that they were going to have a meeting with the missionaries in Stockholm the next morning and that they would like to spend the rest of the day with our family,” said Inger Höglund, who is married to Elder Renlund’s cousin, Bengt Höglund. “We told Bengt’s sister Birgith Wirén and our family about the pleasant visit, and they came—from England, from Denmark, southern Sweden, and the archipelago. All children and grandchildren who could came.” Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stands with Pablo Bensige, a man Elder Renlund taught and baptized while serving as a missionary in Sweden as a young man.“The mission home is the one that existed when I was a missionary,” Elder Renlund said. “Going through the guestbook was a trip down memory lane. Interestingly, in the guest book was the dedicatory prayer for Sweden, offered by then-Elder Thomas S. Monson on July 7, 1977. In it he said that the combination of multigenerational families and the enthusiasm of new converts would bring a strength that neither group would accomplish in and of themselves. I certainly found that to be true. The faithful conviction and strength I felt from those members was as strong as I have felt anywhere in the world.”In addition to meeting with Church members and missionaries, Elder Renlund also met with many of his own family members.“Elder and Sister Renlund’s visit to Sweden was historic,” said Elder Johnson. “This is the first time a Swedish-speaking Apostle has been to Sweden and spoken in Swedish. In fact, one person told me that many were very impressed with his ‘magnificent Swedish.’”
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, sing the congregational hymn during a meeting with Church members in Sweden on April 29, 2018.Aware of Elder Renlund’s Swedish roots, Elder Johnson suggested Elder Renlund visit Sweden, where he could speak to the members in their own language—Swedish.For much of his service as a young missionary in the Swedish Mission, Elder Dale G. Renlund had many assignments that took him to the mission home. The home, located approximately 10 miles outside of downtown Stockholm, became a familiar place.
Image by Aaron Thorup.“It was a very dear moment to all of us,” said President Tony E. Mikael Clark of the Malmö Sweden Stake. “I would think even for the first time in history, that we were able to hear an Apostle of the Lord give a speech in our native language.” It was an “uplifting, edifying, and dear moment to us all.”“Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and testimony here in Sweden!” wrote Helena Österlund in a Facebook post. “It was really what our country needs. Sister Renlund’s talk was amazing. Please tell her thank you. And thank you for taking the time to greet everyone afterwards. You have given us, and especially our children, an unforgettable memory. ‘The day an Apostle of the Lord gave a talk in Swedish and I got to shake his and his wife’s hand.’”Having been in Italy for speaking engagements at a conference regarding religion and health, Elder Renlund knew he had an unassigned Sunday on April 29. He checked with the Europe Area President, Elder Paul V. Johnson, a General Authority Seventy, to see where he could help.As a boy, Elder Renlund’s first language was Swedish, but as his siblings and he began elementary school his parents made a conscious decision to speak English in their home. So both Swedish and English are his “native” languages. While he was in his early teen years, Elder Renlund’s family moved to Sweden when his father was called to serve as a building missionary for the Church. Elder Renlund later served in Sweden as a young missionary.
In addition to Church activities, the BYU wind symphony completed a tour of Australia on May 18, which included concerts in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Conductor Don Peterson and BYU's Director of Music Kurt Saville also directed afternoon workshops with various local schools.President Ballard and Elder Stevenson next visited multiple stake conferences in Sydney, Australia. In encouraging members to share the gospel, President Ballard said, “The gospel message is simple. Keep it simple and do what you can to help people feel the simplicity of this glorious message.“In Wellington, New Zealand, after shaking hands one by one with all in attendance, President Ballard reminded leaders in congregations: “We are shepherding one another, and loving one another, along the covenant path. We are learning how to love as Jesus did.”The Church leaders joined Elder Carl B. Cook of the Presidency of the Seventy the same day for a Facebook Live event that included members of the Pacific Area Presidency and their wives. Discussion topics included increasing faith in God and Jesus Christ, strengthening family relationships, and responding to life’s challenges. A Facebook Live event was recently hosted in Sydney, Australia by President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Carl B. Cook. They were joined by members of the Pacific Area Presidency and their wives.President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with local leaders throughout Australia and New Zealand. Elder Carl B. Cook of the Presidency of the Seventy speaks to members of the Church in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, May 20. The Brigham Young University Wind Symphony completed their tour of Australia on May 18. The tour included concerts in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. Elder Gary E. Stevenson speaks with Church members in Wellington, New Zealand, on May 19, 2018. Elder Carl B. Cook of the Presidency of the Seventy greets members of the Church in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday, May 20, 2018
Image by Aaron Thorup, Deseret News.“All 158 missionaries remaining in Nicaragua are being moved to areas that are safe.”This is not the first time civil unrest in the country has caused missionaries to be removed or relocated. In September of 1978, missionaries were forced to leave the country due to civil war, and it wasn't until many years later, in the late 1980s, that missionary work was able to resume.Anti-government protests erupted in the capital city of Managua last week following President Daniel Ortega’s announcement of changes to social security and pensions in the country. According to BBC reports, more than 50 deaths have been reported as a result of the protests.With more than 98,500 members in the country, Woodruff stated, “We pray for the people there as they navigate this difficult time in their country.”This announcement comes shortly after the Church announced plans to build a temple in Managua, Nicaragua, during the 188th Annual General Conference held earlier this year in April. (See related story.)Woodruff said Church leaders will closely monitor conditions and developments in Nicaragua.Despite his landslide victory in the most recent presidential election, President Ortega has faced opposition since 2014, when he forcibly changed laws regarding term limits within the country, according to CNN reports.Following instances of civil unrest in part of Nicaragua, the Church announced May 22 that 169 missionaries serving in the country will be relocated.“Due to growing political instability in Nicaragua, the Church is in the process of transferring 169 missionaries out of that country,” said Daniel Woodruff, LDS Church spokesman. “This includes 37 missionaries from the Nicaragua Managua North Mission, all of whom were nearing the end of their service and will return home. In the Nicaragua Managua South Mission, 20 missionaries will return home while 112 missionaries will be temporarily reassigned to other missions in North America, South America, and the Caribbean.
The following is a summary of the materials The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released May 22, 2018, to help clarify how it handles its finances:
Again, total expenditures will not exceed forecasted revenue. And the budget for operating expenses will not increase at a more rapid rate than the anticipated growth in tithing contributions.“We rejoice in the fact that the Church has achieved complete financial independence and is able to accomplish its mission without any type of debt.”Such principles include the law of tithing, the law of the fast, and the need for education, employment, and self-reliance. Members are also counseled to live within their means, avoid unnecessary debt, and set aside reserves for future needs.Church leaders have often counseled members to practice provident living and take steps to prepare for calamities and the foreseen perils of the last days. Temporal preparation has also been applied at the general Church level.“For example, grain silos and warehouses filled with basic emergency necessities have been established throughout North America,” wrote Bishop Caussé. “In many other countries, basic commodities are stored and can be made available in case of natural disasters. The Church also methodically follows the practice of setting aside a portion of its revenues each year to prepare for any possible future needs.”Tithing funds are approved and appropriated to support the spiritual and religious mission of the Church, he wrote, spent in support of six major areas:
Elder Perkins’ current assignment is to oversee Church operations in the Middle East. They have helped starving people in Yemen and build schools and facilities to help refugees pouring into the country. Elder Anthony D. Perkins, General Authority Seventy, speaks at the devotional at BYU-Idaho on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Photo by Cami Su, BYU-Idaho Photo.“The Church was organized by Jesus Christ to fulfill the Father’s cause to gather His family on both sides of the veil,” Elder Perkins said. “This is the greatest cause in the history of the earth.”Elder Perkins spoke of the Church’s new approach of ministering, saying loving one another regardless of race or sex is a trait of being a disciple of Christ and pleaded with members to “love more and judge less.”“Following the example of the Savior, we each need to have our eyes open to those who are in need and reach out to help them during the course of our normal day,” Elder Perkins said.“We must shun bigotry of every kind,” Elder Perkins said. There is no room in this Church for sexism, racism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, immigrantaphobia, or any other phobia. There is room in this Church for everyone.” Elder Anthony D. Perkins, General Authority Seventy, talks to students after the devotional in the BYU-Idaho Center on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Photo by Cami Su, BYU-Idaho Photo.Elder Perkins saw the shift from “doing” to “becoming” happen often as a mission president. Missionaries often started out “doing missionary things” like learning the language and building teaching skills, but eventually started “becoming a missionary” by using their talents to help people change their lives.Elder Perkins noted that serving independent of the Church is also wonderful, using the example of his wife, who regularly volunteers with a charity run by a different church.“True disciples of Jesus Christ go about lifting people to a higher spiritual plane, beginning in their own homes,” Elder Perkins said.Contributing to the work of the Church through fast offerings helps members in your area is one way Elder Perkins suggests helping. Donating to the humanitarian fund helps the Church accomplish things no member can do alone.“Dwelling in righteousness requires each of us to both do and become,” Elder Perkins said.UnityElder Perkins said we need to follow the Savior’s example and love more and judge less while people make the needed changes in their lives. This is especially true, he said, of the members of our own families and wards.Every part of the Church, from handbooks and lesson manuals to the hymns and meetings, is done with a specific purpose: To bring people to Christ, Elder Perkins said.Each individual, including yourself, is also a part of Heavenly Father’s and Christ’s cause, and they “want to help you become someone wonderful, and indeed, glorious,” Elder Perkins said.Although the Lord showed love for all, He did not excuse sin and there are standards of behavior, Elder Perkins said. He told the story of the woman taken in adultery, emphasizing that while Christ did not condemn the woman, He directed her to “sin no more.”Caring for the poor”Prophets and kings yearned for the time in which we now live because there are more Church members and more temple-worthy people than in any other dispensation,” said Elder Perkins, a General Authority Seventy. “Every other dispensation ended in apostasy. In our day a people will be prepared for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”Living the cause of Christ will lead to being prepared for judgment day and Christ’s return, not just for the individual, but for all those around them as well, Elder Perkins said.After sharing social media posts from students talking about the causes that motivate them, Elder Perkins remarked that there are many still searching for their cause.“I have seen such unity and love in Church congregations around the world,” Elder Perkins said and asked for those in attendance to immediately help “shape a ward culture of love and unity.”“I recognize The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has institutional attributes, but I testify that the Church is more than just an institution,” Elder Perkins said.The term “clicktivism” relates to the use of taking advantage of social media in order to help promote a good cause. Even though causes may be good, Elder Perkins said the Lord “expects more of his disciples than a mouse click.”“There may be thousands of young women and men in and out of the Lord’s Church who long for inspired direction and ask, ’‘Is there not a better cause?’” Elder Perkins said.RighteousnessDoing the “basics” such as attending sacrament meeting, reading scriptures, and praying daily allows the companionship of the Holy Ghost and push away temptations, but Elder Perkins said it is not enough to do things. Quoting President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency, he said the final judgement is more than just what we have done, “It is an acknowledgement of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become.”The theme of fighting for a “better cause” found in The Book of Mormon in Alma 43:45 served as the inspiration for Elder Perkins’ remarks.“Caring for the poor has always been in the heart of the Savior and His prophets,” Elder Perkins said.Unity, righteousness, and caring for the poor can help members be more consecrated to “the better cause of Christ and His Church,” Elder Anthony D. Perkins told BYU-Idaho students at their weekly devotional Tuesday afternoon.Cautioning not to wait until Zion comes in order to start preparing, Elder Perkins discussed three attributes of the kingdom of God on earth that can help members be more consecrated to the cause of Zion: unity, righteousness, and caring for the poor.“In her role as Relief Society president, our daughter coordinated relief efforts within her ward boundaries,“Elder Perkins said. “People wept as they saw Church members in Helping Hands shirts come to assist.”“Your generation loves causes because they are dynamic and can positively change the world,” Elder Perkins said. “The Lord must also love a cause as that word is in the scriptures more than 600 times.”Unity is the first characteristic of a people who are prepared for the Second Coming. Christ cautioned that “if ye are not one ye are not mine,” Elder Perkins reminded.Reports that 90 percent of this generation are willing to pay more for products if the company supports a cause surprised Elder Perkins. He said the “commitment to positive changes” is one of the reasons to love the younger generation.“Remember also that every person around you is also His cause,” Elder Perkins said. “His cause includes your parents, spouse, children, neighbors, strangers, and enemies. Thus, Jesus Christ commands us to love them and calls us to participate in His work of salvation for them.”“Like Captain Moroni of old, I urge you to be inspired by a better cause than the many good causes that surround you in mortality,” Elder Perkins said.Elder Perkins concluded by once again inviting students to consecrate their lives to the cause of Christ and His Church and said always striving to do so would result in “greater blessings than you can imagine.”“Ironically, group unity begins with personal repentance,” Elder Perkins said. “If we are at war with God, we can never be at peace with our fellow man.”“Church members often think they can only be a contributor to the cause of Zion if they look like the flawless, stereotypical Mormon with a loving temple marriage, faithful children, and an endlessly happy mortal existence,” Elder Perkins said. “Such an outcome bay not be yours during this life. But as you consecrate your God-given gifts and unique talents to bless others, you will become more saintly and will meaningfully contribute to a righteous society no matter your circumstances.”Yet the uptick in supporting a good cause has also resulted in less trust of organized institutions. Elder Perkins said even though history does favor institutions, many of the most successful causes are ones that have become organized institutions. Such is the case with the Church, Elder Perkins said.Sharing a story about his daughter, Elder Perkins related how she went to help flood victims in Louisiana by mucking out their homes. Her experience there helped prepare her for the impact Hurricane Harvey would have when it hit their area in Houston.Righteousness is a characteristic of “a people ready to greet the Savior.”The addition of “care for the poor and needy” to the mission of the Church has caused many members to ask what they can do for those in need, Elder Perkins said.
Sister Andersen said President Nelson also gave Church members a glimpse of grave spiritual danger ahead.“In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost,” he said.
The Church History Library is the official repository for the Church’s archival, manuscript and print collections and contains many records of the faith, sacrifice, and service of black Latter-day Saints from the nineteenth century to the present day. Admission to the library and exhibit is free and open to the public.We invite all to visit the exhibit and learn more about rich history of blacks in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A complete list of the items on display is published on the Library’s blog, “The Historical Record,” at ChurchHistoryLibrary.org.The exhibit features 16 historic documents, including the record of Elijah Able’s priesthood ordination, the handwritten copy of Jane Manning James’ autobiography, personal stories of conversion and testimony, and photographs of nineteenth-century pioneers and twentieth-century saints from the United States, Brazil, Ghana, and Nigeria. The exhibit also includes published copies of novels and autobiographies of black converts from Africa and the United States, a Mormon Tabernacle Choir member, and the first black General Authority.The documents will be placed on public display from May 21 through June 9 during the library’s normal hours of operation—Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.The Church History Library is pleased to present historic documents from black Latter-day Saint history as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of President Spencer W. Kimball’s announcement that the priesthood could be conferred on “all worthy male members of the Church.”One of the most significant events in modern Church history, the announcement provided opportunities to men and women of African descent throughout the world for priesthood ordination as well as for individual and family temple ordinances.
A photograph of Jane Manning James, circa 1862–1873. Jane Manning James was an early black convert who lived with Joseph Smith and his family in Nauvoo and became one of the first African American women to enter Utah. Photo courtesy of the Church History Library.
A photograph of Elijah Able, circa 1862–1873. Elijah Able was an early black convert who received the priesthood, served missions, lived in Kirtland and Nauvoo, and migrated with the Saints to Utah. Photo courtesy of the Church History Library.Guests will be invited to leave their names and testimonies in special commemorative volumes that will be preserved in the library’s permanent collections as a record of this 40th anniversary celebration.
Anyone who shared even brief amounts of time with Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone likely walked away with a life-changing story to tell.“We rejoice with you in his life of devoted service.”The president of the Church and other key leaders chose not to accept their proposal. Brother Eyring was sent to California to deliver the decision to the local members.He cherished his wife of almost 68 years. In return, Sister Featherstone supported her husband through decades of Church service that often took him away from home. Family and friends gather following services for Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone in North Salt Lake on Friday, May 18, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.Elder Featherstone’s testimony was anchored to the Book of Mormon. He joyfully shared that testimony with his children and legions of others. “He gave his whole life to the Savior.”Elder Featherstone, who was presiding over the Area and was sympathetic to the challenges facing the California parents and their children, met him in California. Sister Merlene Featherstone is embraced by loved ones following services for Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone in North Salt Lake on Friday, May 18, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.With tears in his eyes, Elder Featherstone promised the people that the situation would be resolved if they continued to follow the prophet. A short time later, the busing controversy was resolved amicably in the courts.“How many of you in the room,” asked Elder Featherstone, “will sustain the prophet?”NORTH SALT LAKE, UT“And through him, the Lord was able to feed multitudes,” he said.President Eyring said there is much talk today about what it means to minister. “Elder Featherstone believed ministering is to lead people to do the things that will, in the long run, make them happy.”Remarks were also offered Friday by three of Elder Featherstone’s sons—Paul, Scott, and Joseph.Decades ago, President Eyring was serving as the commissioner of the Church’s Board of Education. At the time, a heated public school busing controversy had developed in Southern California, angering many of the local Latter-day Saints. A proposal was made by many of the members to set up Church-operated schools at area meetinghouses.His life “was a daily manifestation of faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.”The people answered his question by sustaining the prophet and his decision. They loved and trusted Elder Featherstone.A native of tiny Stockton, Utah, Elder Featherstone died Saturday, May 12, in Bountiful, Utah. His wife of almost seven decades, Sister Merlene Miner Featherstone, and six children survive him. His eldest son, Ronald, preceded him in death.“He was a lover of people—and that gave him tremendous power,” said President Eyring in closing remarks Friday at Elder Featherstone’s funeral at the Bountiful Regional Center.Paul T. Featherstone said his father—despite growing up “shy, introverted, and rough around the edges”—made his life an offering to the Lord.As expected, Brother Eyring’s message to an emotional gathering of members “was not well received.” But then Elder Featherstone stood before the group and said that Brother Eyring had just shared with them the will of God’s prophet.J. Scott Featherstone called his father “a man of Christ” and a master “in the art of living.”President Eyring began his remarks by reading a letter of sympathy from the First Presidency to Sister Featherstone. The letter saluted her husband’s Church service that included his presiding leadership over the Texas San Antonio Mission and the Logan Utah Temple and as the Young Men General Pesident.Vaughn J. Featherstone was both a physical and spiritual giant who taught others key gospel principles such as tithing through his own quiet example, he added.President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency spent plenty of time with his good friend and fellow General Authority. And yes, he said, he was blessed for it. Sister Merlene Featherstone is embraced by loved ones following services for Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone in North Salt Lake on Friday, May 18, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.Elder Featherstone also loved, supported, and sustained his fellow General Authorities, noted Joseph M. Featherstone.Hundreds of Elder Featherstone’s family members, fellow missionaries, friends, and associates in a life defined by gospel service participated in the memorial services. Joining President Eyring on the podium was President Russell M. Nelson, along with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, right, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, pose outside the Jordan River Utah Temple prior to its rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.We plead with Thee to protect every part of this building and its grounds from devastating influence. Protect it with Thy power. Pour out Thy Spirit upon those who come within this house and touch the hearts of those who see it, even from a distance.We give Thee thanks that by the power of the Holy Ghost we know that Thou and Thy Beloved Son appeared to Joseph Smith. We are grateful that Thou didst send heavenly messengers to restore the priesthood and all keys ever held by Thy prophets.Father, we thank Thee, and we love Thee and Thy Son. We rededicate ourselves and our hearts as we rededicate this holy temple by the power of the holy priesthood of God. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.“We pray that Thou wilt bless the leaders of all nations, that they will have wisdom and the desire to save the world from devastating war. May they be enlightened and guided by Thy Spirit to maintain and uphold the glorious principles of human liberty for the blessing of Thy children. ...
Attendees arrive for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.Now, it is my blessing and opportunity, acting under the direction of President Russell M. Nelson, who holds all the keys of the priesthood on earth at this time, to rededicate this, the Jordan River Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Jordan River Utah Temple at dusk.As President Spencer W. Kimball prayed at the dedication of this temple: “May the First Presidency be united by the Spirit and power of God in all their labors. In every thought, word, and act, may they and all of the other General Authorities of the Church glorify Thy name, that they may work in unity and harmony, committed to the purpose of helping to prepare a people qualified and ready to receive Thy Beloved Son.”“Frustrate the designs of the adversary against Thy people and Thy work, and may the efforts of all who fight against Zion come to naught. May Thy glorious work roll on in majesty and power to fill the whole earth.”We thank Thee for the gift of Thy Beloved Son, who came into the world so that Thy sons and daughters may return to Thy loving presence, to live in families with Thee forever.President Kimball continued, and his prayer is ours today: “Bless the presidencies of stakes, the high councils, the bishoprics of wards, the presidencies of branches, the presidencies of the Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood quorums, and the presidencies and general boards of auxiliary organizations and their local officers throughout the world. Guide them that they may be equal to the responsibilities placed upon them. Keep the officers of the quorums and auxiliary organizations united, we beseech Thee. Make them one as Thou and Thy Son are one.”The dedication on that day long ago suggests that the Lord inspired a prayer that is surely for our day and the years ahead:Following is the prayer offered by President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in First Presidency, to rededicate the Jordan River Utah Temple on Sunday, May 20.“Bless Thy servants who preside over the missions of the Church, together with all of the missionaries who have gone forth to proclaim to the peoples of the earth the restoration of the gospel and the plan of salvation. Protect them from all evil. Bless them with the gifts and powers of their ministry. Bless their families that they may be sustained in peace and comfort.May all that is done here be done with an eye single to Thy glory and to the building of Thy kingdom. May we be filled with a desire to help Thee in Thy work to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of all Thy sons and daughters.President Kimball further prayed, and we now do:We ask for Thy blessings on this temple and all who will come into it to worship and serve. May they participate with faith, and may they depart with a feeling of peace, praising Thy holy name.“Let Thy Spirit be poured out upon all who teach in Thy Church that they may build the faith and increase the understanding of those they instruct in the principles of the gospel.O God our Eternal Father, Thou mighty Elohim, in the name of Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, we come before Thee to rededicate this beautiful edifice unto Thee, our living God, and as a resting place for Thy Son.And we thank Thee for pouring out Thy Spirit on the members of the Church to guide, comfort, and protect them, and their children and grandchildren, over the generations. The Jordan River Utah Temple.We rededicate this sacred house of the Lord, now made even more beautiful and functional, to Thee, our Father, and to Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. It is our prayer that Thou wilt accept our offering, which we offer in humility, reverence, and love.“With these and many other principles in mind we render unto Thee the thanks and gratitude of our hearts.”
The Jordan River Utah Temple is rededicated in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.We are grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost, who comforts, teaches, and testifies to us of Thine everlasting truth. Because of that supernal gift, we know for ourselves that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that He lived a perfect life, and that because of His Atonement, we will be resurrected and can come home safely to Thee.We give Thee thanks for Thy servant President Russell M. Nelson. Bless him with health and wisdom. Continue to reveal to him Thy mind and will pertaining to the advancement of Thy work among Thy children.
“I enjoy hearing of the creative activities our girls and boys are involved in through Faith in God, Activity Days, and Scouting,” said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President. “I am grateful for faithful parents and leaders who engage our young people in uplifting and meaningful experiences that teach them the importance and fun of learning, developing testimony and talents, and serving others. Nothing has changed. This time is precious and wonderful opportunities continue to exist to help our children progress and become the valiant souls Heavenly Father invites them to be. We have so much to be grateful for in the gospel of Jesus Christ—past, present and future. Let’s stay the course.”The year-and-a-half leading up to the new initiative’s implementation represents an essential window in the lives of children and youth, the leaders agreed. It must not be wasted.
Primary, Young Women, and Young Men General Presidencies encourage members to stay engaged in the current programs until the new activity program for children and youth in January 2020 is introduced.In about 19 months, the Church will be implementing a new, global initiative for children and youth designed to help them discover their eternal identity, develop character and life skills, and “fulfill their divine roles as daughters and sons of God.”“We went through each of those questions and answers extensively,” he said.Young Men General President Stephen W. Owen said it’s essential that Aaronic Priesthood holders also continue to progress. Stay involved over the next 19 month with Duty To God and, where applicable, Scouting.The months leading up to the new initiative stand as key preparatory months, said Brother Owen, who encourages members worldwide to continue to review the Church-produced “Frequently Asked Questions” pages.In the days following the initiative announcement, the leaders of the Primary, Young Women and Young Men general presidencies are sounding a unified call: Keep moving forward.“As young women, we follow the Savior Jesus Christ,” said Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, ”and since we are all in, right now, Personal Progress is what we are all doing so that we stay progressing on the covenant path.”A lot can happen in 19 months.Not convinced?“The rising generation continues to grow,” he said. “We don’t want then to plateau and be in neutral for the next year and a half.”History has proven much can happen in 19 months—and Church leaders hope the time leading up to the historic youth initiative will be, well, time well spent.Ask a sister missionary about all that can happen in 18 months, said Sister Cordon. “Changes happen, but our covenants don’t change and the opportunity to grow and progress doesn’t change.”
Tickets for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Attendees arrive for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“We would sit for a bit and talk about the power and sacredness and the reality of these ordinances,” Burton said. “There was no one who left those rooms that didn’t feel changed.”
The Jordan River Utah Temple is rededicated in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, right, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, pose outside the Jordan River Utah Temple prior to rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.Nine-year-old twins Elsie and Daxton Baker of Sandy, Utah, left impressed with their experience inside the temple.“You get the feeling that he foresaw turbulent times and times of dissention,” he said, adding,“he was very concerned with the idea of ‘let’s be unified, let’s be close to each other, let’s love each other, let’s have no dissention.’” Terina Manuo and Victoria McClaree volunteer to boot attendees as the Jordan River Utah Temple is rededicated in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Volunteers Lindsay Lake, Alexia Gridley, Kaysha Gridley, and Lizzie Kammerman boot attendees as the Jordan River Utah Temple is rededicated in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.He added: “We’re living in a time of an incredible prophet of God, and we all need to pray so we can be united, so we can move along wherever the Lord is going to take us.”He cited several examples from those open-house experiences—the less-active couple with children who said, “I think it’s time we return;” the woman who previously had her name removed from Church records to attend another faith but talked about returning for rebaptism; and the excommunicated member who told his wife, “We’ve got to come back and be sealed here as soon as this repentance process is completed.”“It’s terrifically appropriate to our time,” said President Eyring to the Church News several days prior to the Sunday, May 20, rededication of the Jordan River Temple.Because it was a rededication of an existing temple, there was no public cornerstone ceremony.The unity in the Church comes as a time of organizational change and ministerial emphasis. “If you go through heavy times and lots of change, it’s not going to be easy to keep everybody feeling united, and I think we’re in such a time. We’re moving at a great rate.“The rededication capped a two-year renovation of the Jordan River Temple, a six-week public open house, and numerous cultural events and celebrations for the youth of the temple district. More than 452,000 people toured through the temple during its open house.Because of the size of the temple, those hosting private groups of special guests “could go off-path” to one of the 17 sealing rooms and spend a little extra time talking about temple worship, covenants, and ordinances, he said. Attendees are booted as they arrive for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.And so, as President Eyring gave the rededicatory prayer, he quoted extensively from President Kimball’s November 16, 1981, prayer, underscoring the importance of unity and the need for righteous leadership throughout the world.When opened in 1981, the temple was the Church 20th operating temple overall and the seventh in the state of Utah. At 149,476 square feet, it is the fourth-largest temple worldwide.Joining President Eyring at the rededication were Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Mary G. Cook; Elder Timothy J. Dyches, a General Authority Seventy and assistant executive director of the Temple Department, and Sister Jill D. Dyches; Elder Mervyn B. Arnold, a General Authority Seventy, and Sister Devonna K. Arnold; Bishop Dean M. Davies, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, and Sister Darla J. Davies; and Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and Brother Robert B. Jones. Ana Lewis talks with her children Moriah and Shane as the Jordan River Utah Temple is rededicated in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.
Volunteers Kent Efstrom, Boyce Barnes, and Ken Wood talk at the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Each of the three 90-minute sessions inside the Jordan River Temple accommodated 2,750 members ages 8 and older who reside in the 66-stake temple district and who received special event recommends from their bishops.Although the temple district is one of the Church’s smallest geographically, the Jordan River Temple has been one of its busiest and is anticipated to return to being that. President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, right, at the Jordan River Utah Temple just prior to rededication services in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.President Eyring also found another connection in the original prayer—pleas and supplications made more than 36 years previous that sought for unity among Church leaders and among Latter-day Saints as well as a call for righteous governmental leadership worldwide. The prayer seemed to connect needs and opportunities from 1981 to present day. President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and Elder Timothy J. Dyches, General Authority Seventy, right, walk outside the Jordan River Utah Temple prior to rededication services in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Besides the sessions inside the temple, regular Sunday meetings were cancelled in three temple districts in the southern half of the Salt Lake Valley—the Jordan River, Draper, and Oquirrh Mountain temples—and rededications sessions were broadcast in meetinghouses throughout for members to attend. Tevata and Valeti Vimahi attend the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Attendees arrive for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Asked to preside over the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication and to pen its rededicatory prayer, President Henry B. Eyring studied closely the original dedicatory prayer offered in 1981. For the First Presidency’s Second Counselor, the prayer provided a double family connection—it was written by President Spencer W. Kimball, his uncle, and read at the dedication by President Marion G. Romney, his father’s first cousin. President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Sister Mary G. Cook; Elder Mervyn B. Arnold, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Devonna K. Arnold; Elder Timothy J. Dyches, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Jill D. Dyches Bishop; Dean M. Davies, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, and his wife, Sister Darla J. Davies; and Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and her husband, Brother Robert B. Jones pose outside the Jordan River Utah Temple during rededication proceedings in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Attendees arrive for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.SOUTH JORDAN, Utah“It felt safe and happy,” Daxton said. “I’m just glad I attended.”Added his sister: “I felt like I was being baptized again. And when President Eyring said the prayer, it felt like the Holy Ghost was there—I thought the room was getting brighter.”Craig P. Burton, coordinator of the temple’s open house and rededication committee, said experiences during the open house underscored the anxiousness for the temple to reopen for ordinance work.
Attendees arrive for the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication in South Jordan on Sunday, May 20, 2018.