Elder James H. Bekker, Area SeventyLuis Spina, 55, Mar del Plata, Argentina; manager, MDQ Química Garbey; currently serving as elders quorum president; former bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Laura; two children.‘Inoke F. Kupu, 60; currently serving as president of the Zambia Lusaka Mission; former bishop, high councilor, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Moana; four children.
Elder Tito Ibañez, Area Seventy
Elder ‘Inoke F. Kupu, Area Seventy“” lucida=“” style=“color: rgb(118, 118, 118); font-family:”>Elder Marcos Cabral, Area SeventyEduardo D. Resek, 54, Santa Fe, Argentina; dentist, self-employed; currently serving as bishop of the Mayoraz Ward; former bishopric counselor, high councilor, and stake presidency counselor; wife: María Alicia; one child.Carlos G. Süffert, 54, Porto Alegre, Brazil; managing partner, SPM Engenharia; currently serving as president of the Porto Alegre Brazil Partenon Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor, and high councilor; wife: Rosângela; three children.
Elder Stephen Chee Kong Lai, Area Seventy
Elder Mark A. Gottfredson, Area Seventy
Elder Efraín R. García, Area Seventy
Elder Robert Gordon, Area Seventy
Elder Luis Spina, Area Seventy
Elder Edgar P. Montes, Area SeventyTomás G. Román, 48, Gurabo, Puerto Rico; human resources department manager, Veterans Hospital of Puerto Rico; currently serving as high councilor in the Caguas Puerto Rico Stake; former bishop; wife: Yaritza; four children.
Elder Markus Zarse, Area Seventy
Elder Thomas Hänni, Area Seventy
Elder Itzcoatl Lozano, Area SeventyMernard P. Donato, 55, Cagayan, Philippines; facilities manager, Tuguegarao Philippines FM Group; currently serving as elders quorum president; former bishop, high councilor, mission presidency counselor, mission president, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Gemma; five children. H. Moroni Klein, 58, Porto Alegre, Brazil; institute director, Church Educational System; currently serving as stake Young Men president; former bishop, bishopric member, high councilor, mission presidency counselor, mission president, stake mission president, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Ana; five children.Dunstan G. B. T. Chadambuka, 48, Pretoria, South Africa; currently serving as president of the Botswana/Namibia Mission; former branch president, district president, and mission presidency counselor; wife: Pertunia; four children.Itzcoatl Lozano, 54, Mixquiahuala, Mexico; owner, Pasteles Clara and Franchise of Santa Clara Ice Cream Shop; currently serving as president of the Tezontepec México Stake; former bishop, branch president, and stake presidency counselor; wife: Clara; five children.James H. Bekker, 63; currently serving as president of the Hawaii Honolulu Mission; former bishop, bishopric member, and stake president; wife: Delsie; five children.
Elder Denelson Silva, Area SeventyEfraín R. García, 51, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela; manager, Physical Facilities Department, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop; currently serving as ward temple and family history consultant; former bishopric counselor, branch president, district president, high councilor, mission presidency counselor, and mission president; wife: Lilia; no children.Kevin G. Brown, 42, Kingston, Jamaica; coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes; currently serving as bishop of the Boulevard Ward; former branch presidency counselor, district presidency member, district president, mission presidency counselor, and mission president; wife: Nadine; five children.Julius F. Barrientos, 56, Caloocan City, Philippines; coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes; currently serving as a high councilor in the Novaliches Philippines Stake; former bishop, bishopric member, mission presidency member, mission president, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Malou; no children.
Elder Guillermo A. Alvarez, Area Seventy
Elder Voi R. Taeoalii, Area Seventy
Elder Ramon E. Sarmiento, Area SeventyTarmo Lepp, 50, Saue, Estonia; project manager, Eltel Networks; currently serving as president of the Tallinn Estonia District; former branch president, district president, and mission presidency counselor; wife: Reeli; two children.Luiz C. D. Queiroz, 51, Manaus, Brazil; owner, Super Popular; currently serving as a counselor in the Brazil Manaus Mission presidency; former branch president, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Andrea; four children.Jonathan S. Schmitt, 46, Gilbert, Arizona; assistant vice president, Arizona State University; currently serving as a stake Missionary Preparation instructor; former bishop, high councilor, mission president, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Alexis; four children.
Elder Sergio R. Vargas, Area Seventy
Elder Solomon I. Aliche, Area SeventySapele Fa’alogo Jr., 57, Apia, Samoa; translation and consulting services contractor, self-employed; currently serving as bishop; former high councilor, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Fiona; five children.
Elder Julius F. Barrientos, Area SeventySergio R. Vargas, 42, Frutillar, Chile; operations and infrastructure manager, Ventisqueros; currently serving as president of the Puerto Montt Chile Stake; former branch president and high councilor; wife: Andrea; three children.Glenn M. Holmes, 58, Benoni, South Africa; group general manager and founder, Technology Access Group (Pty) Ltd.; currently serving as president of the Benoni South Africa Stake; former bishop, branch president, high councilor, stake mission presidency counselor, and stake presidency counselor; wife: Mandy; four children.Akinori Ito, 52, Yokohama, Japan; manager, Japan Federation of Bar Associations; currently serving as national public affairs director; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake mission president, and stake president; wife: Emi; five children.Guillermo A. Alvarez, 55, Guatemala City, Guatemala; head of quality, health, security, and environment, Bayer, Guatemala; currently serving as branch president in the Guatemala Missionary Training Center; former bishop and stake president; wife: Pati; four children.Richard S. Hutchins, 52, Gales Ferry, Connecticut; executive director, Research and Development, Pfizer Inc.; currently serving as president of the New London Connecticut Stake; former bishop, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Kelly; 10 children.
Elder John J. Gallego, Area SeventyChristopher Hyunsu Kim, 53, Seoul, South Korea; president, Global Market, Unicity Inc.; currently serving as president of the Seoul Korea East Stake; former high councilor, stake mission president, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Seongmi (Sue); four children.Jeremy R. Jaggi, 46, Mountain Green, Utah; managing director, HCA Investments LLC; currently serving as a stake missionary preparation instructor; former bishop, bishopric counselor, and mission president; wife: Amy; four children.
Elder Zachary F. Evans, Area SeventyDenelson Silva, 53; currently serving as president of the Angola Luanda Mission; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Regina Maria; two children.
Elder Alan C. K. Cheung, Area Seventy
Elder S. Ephraim Msane, Area Seventy
Elder Kevin Lythgoe, Area SeventyMarcos Cabral, 60, Fortaleza, Brazil; Portuguese professor, Universidade Estadual Vale do Acaraú; currently serving as a Brazil Fortaleza East Mission presidency counselor; former bishop, branch presidency counselor, branch president, mission presidency counselor, mission president, and stake president; wife: Rita; two children.Ifanomezana Rasolondraibe, 47, Ambohipo, Madagascar; physician, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Budget; currently serving as president of the Antananarivo Madagascar Manakambahiny Stake; former bishopric counselor, high councilor, and stake presidency counselor; wife: Keithy; three children.Alan C. K. Cheung, 54, Shatin, Hong Kong; distinguished chair professor, Nanjing Normal University; currently serving as president of the Hong Kong China Tolo Harbour Stake; former bishop and bishopric counselor; wife: Tracy; four children.Voi R. Taeoalii, 56, Kapolei, Hawaii; software integration consultant, self-employed; currently serving as an institute teacher in the Makakilo Hawaii Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, mission president, and stake president; wife: Ronette; four children.
Elder Dunsan G. B. T. Chadambuka, Area SeventyMarkus Zarse, 54, Lüdenscheid, Germany; director of medical clinic cardiology and angiology, Lüdenscheid; currently serving as a stake Young Men presidency counselor; former bishop, branch president, and stake president; wife: Andrea; four children.David L. Frischknecht, 63, Fruit Heights, Utah; currently serving as ward Sunday School teacher; former bishop, high councilor, mission president, and stake president; wife: Nancy; five children.Mark A. Gottfredson, 61, Colleyville, Texas; partner, Bain & Company, Inc.; currently serving as president of the Colleyville Texas Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, mission president, and stake mission president; wife: Christine; five children.
Elder Mark D. Eddy, Area SeventyThomas Hänni, 45, Málaga, Spain; head of sales and business development, NTest Inc.; currently serving as president of the Granada Spain Stake; former bishopric counselor, mission presidency clerk, and stake presidency counselor; wife: Eva María; five children.
Elder Christian C. Chigbundu, Area SeventyHenry J. Eyring, 55, Rexburg, Idaho; president, Brigham Young University–Idaho; currently serving as ward Sunday School teacher; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, mission president, and stake president; wife: Kelly; five children.Daren R. Barney, 54, Ivins, Utah; attorney, partner, Barney McKenna & Olmstead, P.C.; currently serving as a ward Young Men presidency counselor; former bishopric member, high councilor, and stake president; wife: RaeBeth; five children.
Elder Christopher Hyunsu Kim, Area SeventyKevin Lythgoe, 57, Phoenix, Arizona; physician, Dignity Health; currently serving as bishop of the Paradise Foothills YSA Ward; former bishopric counselor, high councilor, and stake president; wife: Stacie; five children.
Elder Sapele Fa’alogo Jr., Area Seventy
Elder Tarmo Lepp, Area SeventySolomon I. Aliche, 53, Owerri, Nigeria; currently serving as president of the Nigeria Owerri Mission; former bishop and high councilor; wife: Victoria; six children.Zachary F. Evans, 52; region director, Seminaries and Institutes; currently serving as president of the New York Rochester Mission; former bishop, bishopric member, and stake president; wife: Melanie; five children.
Elder H. Moroni Klein, Area SeventyKarim Del Valle, 51, Querétaro, Mexico; Self-Reliance operations manager, Mexico Area; currently serving as high councilor in the Querétaro México Los Arcos Stake; former bishop, high councilor, mission president, and stake president; wife: Rebeca; four children.Edgar P. Montes, 44, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Mexico; owner, auto repair business; currently serving as audit committee chairman of the Guadalajara México Bugambilias Stake; former bishop, mission presidency counselor, and stake presidency counselor; wife: Minerva; three children.
Elder Ifanomezana Rasolondraibe, Area Seventy
Elder Karim Del Valle, Area Seventy
Elder Paul N. Clayton, Area SeventyChurch members sustained 55 new Area Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session of the 189th Annual General Conference on April 6.Robert Gordon, 62, Bahrs Scrub, Australia; semi-retired; currently serving as an Area Seventy executive secretary; former bishop, district presidency counselor, mission presidency counselor, stake mission president, and stake president; wife: Rose; four children.Ramon E. Sarmiento, 58; retired; currently serving as president of the Venezuela Valencia Mission; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, and stake president; wife: Mery; no children.
Elder Richard S. Hutchins, Area SeventyPaul N. Clayton, 64, Sandy, Utah; anesthesiologist; currently serving as a Sandy Utah Crescent Stake presidency counselor; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, and mission president; wife: Holly; six children.Tito Ibañez, 54, Cochabamba, Bolivia; owner, glassware business; currently serving as an elders quorum presidency counselor; former bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Elsa; four children.
Elder Kevin G. Brown, Area Seventy
Elder Hiroyuki Domon, Area SeventyKelly R. Johnson, 56, Kaysville, Utah; forensic accountant/partner, Norman Townsend & Johnson; currently serving as a stake missionary preparation instructor; former bishop, high councilor, mission president, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Terri; five children.Mark D. Eddy, 46; currently serving as president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, and stake presidency counselor; wife: Annie; six children.
Elder Daren R. Barney, Area SeventyHiroyuki Domon, 51, Sapporo, Japan; president, Zennoa Japan LLC; recently released as president of the Sapporo Japan West Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, and stake president; wife: Etsuko; three children.
Elder Victor D. Lattaro, Area Seventy
Elder Jonathan S. Schmitt, Area Seventy
Elder Glenn M. Holmes, Area Seventy
Elder Tomás G. Román, Area SeventyMichael J. Hess, 60, Malad, Idaho; president/chief operating officer, Hess Pumice Products; currently serving as a stake missionary preparation instructor; former bishop, high councilor, mission president, and stake president; wife: Danece; five children.Victor D. Lattaro, 46, Montevideo, Uruguay; director, LABON SRL Químicos (self-employed); currently serving as president of the Montevideo Uruguay North Stake; former bishop; wife: Ana; three children.Vai Sikahema, 56, Mt Laurel, New Jersey; News anchor, NBC 10 Philadelphia; currently serving as president of the Cherry Hill New Jersey Stake; former bishop, bishopric counselor, mission presidency counselor, and stake presidency counselor; wife: Keala; four children.
Elder Jeremy R. Jaggi, Area Seventy
Elder Mark S. Bryce, Area Seventy
Elder Henry J. Eyring, Area Seventy
Elder Kelly R. Johnson, Area SeventyS. Ephraim Msane, 56, Sandton, South Africa; retired; currently serving as president of the Kenya Nairobi Mission; former bishopric member, branch presidency counselor, district presidency counselor, high councilor, mission presidency counselor, and stake presidency counselor; wife: Nomthi; three children.
Elder David L. Frischknecht, Area SeventyChristian C. Chigbundu, 48, Ifako, Nigeria; board member, Afro-Lease (Africa Leasing); currently serving as president of the Lagos Nigeria Ikeja Stake; former bishop, bishopric member, and stake president; wife: Felicia; eight children.
Elder Akinori Ito, Area Seventy
Elder Mernard P. Donato, Area Seventy
Elder Carlos G. Süffert, Area SeventyMark S. Bryce, 63, Central, Arizona; retired; currently serving as missionary in the California Carlsbad Seminaries and Institutes; former high councilor, stake presidency member, and stake president; wife: Cindy; seven children.
Elder Michael J. Hess, Area Seventy
Elder Luiz C. D. Queiroz, Area SeventyStephen Chee Kong Lai, 61, Singapore, Singapore; coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes; currently serving as a Singapore Mission presidency counselor; former district mission president, high councilor, stake mission presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, and stake president; wife: Valoy; three children.John J. Gallego, 46, Barranquilla, Colombia; currently serving as president of the Colombia Barranquilla Mission; former bishopric counselor, stake presidency member, and stake president; wife: Patricia; two children.
Elder Vai Sikahema, Area Seventy
Elder Eduardo D. Resek, Area Seventy
Using temple work as an example of the importance of literally participating in the work of the Lord, President Ballard said, “It is instructive that the Lord requires the literal, physical performance of ordinances. It is in these physical ordinances that the very power of God is manifest.”Extending a challenge to the graduates, as he did when he spoke at BYU-Hawaii 12 years before, President Ballard asked those who are advancing to a new stage of life to “be a powerful voice for good in your family, in the Church, and in the world.” Participate online and in person in conversations that share, spread, clarify, and correct the gospel of Jesus Christ with others, he said. President M. Russell Ballard (center left) stands with Elder Kim B. Clark (left), President John S. Tanner (right), and BYU-Hawaii faculty members on April 20, 2019. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii.Heavenly Father, understanding the power of physical experience, “expended a great deal of divine effort to literally create a physical place, away from Him, where our individual desires could be manifest,” he said. But to be true disciples of Christ and to qualify for exaltation, faith must be manifest through action. “It requires repentance and a broken heart and contrite spirit manifested by changes in behavior. It requires that we literally go under water being baptized by real divine authority. It requires that we have priesthood hands upon our head to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. It requires that we endure to the end.”President Ballard’s words were echoed by Elder Kim B. Clark, a General Authority Seventy and Commissioner of the Church Educational System, who also spoke during the commencement.As each individual chooses to follow the words of President Russell M. Nelson and share the gospel by inviting “all of God's children on both sides of the veil to come unto their Savior,” all that is required is a simple conversation guided by the Spirit, President Ballard said.Speaking during the BYU-Hawaii Winter Semester Commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 20, in Laie, Hawaii, President Ballard told graduates that, although they are on opposite ends of their mortal journey from him, he understands and is aware of the challenges they face and the digital world in which they live. President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks to graduates during the BYU-Hawaii Winter Semester Commencement ceremony on April 20, 2019. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii. President John S. Tanner speaks to graduates during the BYU-Hawaii Winter Semester Commencement ceremony on April 20, 2019. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii.BYU-Hawaii President John S. Tanner conducted the commencement ceremony at which 185 bachelor’s degrees and 15 associate’s degrees were awarded to graduates from more than 20 countries. Graduates celebrate with family and friends following the BYU-Hawaii Winter Semester Commencement ceremony on April 20, 2019. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii. President M. Russell Ballard leads the procession of faculty prior to the BYU-Hawaii Winter Semester Commencement ceremony on April 20, 2019. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii. President M. Russell Ballard (right) walks with President John S. Tanner prior to the BYU-Hawaii Winter Semester Commencement ceremony on April 20, 2019. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii.While most people desire spirituality, peace, happiness, and joy in their lives, President Ballard expressed a concern that far too many of the rising generation are seeking to find such things through the instant gratification of social media or virtual reality rather than through the literal reality created for them by a loving Heavenly Father. Elder Kim B. Clark, General Authority Seventy and Commissioner of the Church Educational System speaks to graduates during the BYU-Hawaii Winter Semester Commencement ceremony on April 20, 2019. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii.Sharing a story from his time working as dean of the Harvard Business School, Elder Clark spoke of the importance of acknowledging and investing in the people in one’s life. Quoting a statement he once made to some of his colleagues, Elder Clark said, “If we invest in each other with our time and our ideas and really help and support one another, even to the point of sacrificing our own work, we will create an environment that is so powerful that we will all be more productive collectively and individually than we would have been if we all had behaved selfishly.” And the same is true in the work of the gospel.“I knew we would have no fish to fry—you can't fry and eat virtual fish,” President Ballard said with a chuckle.When a friend and colleague recently asked President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, if he would like to try fishing with a new pair of virtual reality goggles, President Ballard politely declined.Noting the tremendous advances in technology that have taken place in the 12 years since he last spoke at a commencement ceremony in Hawaii, President Ballard acknowledged that, with nearly everything online—from dating apps to family history work and university courses—the digital and virtual world that students now experience is absolutely unique and unlike anything ever experienced by any other generation.And, when grounded by the literal power of the gospel, the technologies and virtual tools of the world can be used for good, President Ballard said, explaining how new technologies have helped to further missionary, temple, and family history work around the world.“Heavenly Father has blessed us, especially your generation, with tremendous advances in technology,” President Ballard said. “However, with this tremendous blessing of a virtual world, we must be ever careful. The adversary will use technology to virtually distort literal realities. He will try to limit our ability to discern ‘things as they really are.’”“The exaltation that is available to all of us through the atoning grace of Jesus Christ is not virtual. It is literal,” he said.“As you begin the next phase of your life, make sure you continue to be anchored in those things that are eternal,” he said to some 200 graduates between ages 19 and 55. “You can do that in the virtual world in which you live.”“We can share our faith, our light, and our testimony in natural and normal ways,” President Ballard continued, encouraging the graduates to share videos and truthful comments on social media and to not be afraid to correct false comments or defend the Church. By living in accordance with the “true, simple, and pure doctrine of Christ,” each person will be prepared to “teach others what [they] really know and what they know to be literally true.”All conversations have an impact, President Ballard said, especially on those who participated in them. “Perceptions of the Church are established generally one person, and often, one conversation at a time.” Students at BYU-Hawaii line up outside before the winter commencement ceremony. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii.
“That’s our intent,” he said. “You can look at, say, historical photos from 1893, and see that ceilings in the temple were lowered (since) for mechanical systems. We are going to try to raise ceilings wherever we can. We’re going to restore the baptistry look and add pilasters and other historical elements.”“The temple is incredibly unique to the Pioneer heritage. It’s very obvious that it was done by hand—and with a lot of love.”Bill Williams, an architect and the Church’s director of temple design, said he and his colleagues are charged with preserving the Salt Lake Temple's defining architectural features even while making upgrades to make the temple more accessible and adhering to present-day building codes.“We want people to come and feel that this is the center of Christianity,” he said. “We will have failed if visitors come to this place and all they notice is, say, the beautiful architecture—but don’t think of Christ.”“Looks like I’ll finally be able to visit the Salt Lake Temple,” he wrote, followed by a grinning face emoji.“This will be an incredible opportunity,” said Bishop Dean M. Davies, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. “For generations, only faithful members have been able to enter the Salt Lake Temple. Now everyone—people of our faith, other faiths or no faith—will be able to come to the temple.”“When we look at it, we feel that it is an ecclesiastical edifice,” he said.Every element of the renovated temple and its surrounding buildings, gardens, and artistic elements will signal the Savior.“I think they would be very excited,” he said. “It would have a familiar spirit to it.”As a trained architect, Williams still finds pleasure gazing at the Salt Lake Temple and relishing the distinct building elements that make it the defining structure of the Salt Lake Valley.Williams smiles imagining what it would be like hosting Brigham Young or Wilford Woodruff—who dedicated the temple in 1893—on a tour of the Salt Lake Temple following renovations.But ultimately, the renovation project is about renovating souls and helping bring people to Jesus Christ, said Bishop Davies.Public tours won’t happen for several years, but Latter-day Saints can already start making plans to invite their friends, family, and neighbors.Many modifications will be a nod to the temple’s architectural past.“They will also feel the ‘sense of the sacred’ in the temple. I can’t think of a more wonderful opportunity. It may take more than two months to get everyone through.”“We really want to do it right, so we’ve spent a lot of time with Church historians and the best professionals so we can to make sure we do it right.”But open-house visitors, he added, will see more than beautiful architecture and interior design.Church leaders and temple workers can’t wait to welcome that man—and the rest of the world—inside this faith’s most iconic edifice following its 4-year renovation project.Williams is most excited to one day welcome the world to a renovated Salt Lake Temple.“We want everyone to know they are welcome,” said Bishop Davies. “We want them to come and see and feel why this temple is so beautiful to us. We want it to be their temple too. The temple is part of the community.”As a believer, Williams said the power of the Salt Lake Temple transcends aesthetic wonder. It is rich with architectural symbolism and visual reminders of restored doctrine.Seconds after Church leaders on Friday invited the public to tour the Salt Lake Temple following its four-year renovation, a lifelong Utahn (and a non-Latter-day Saint) texted his reporter friend who was covering the morning press conference.The upcoming temple renovation will include significant seismic upgrades to the 126-year-old edifice. There are plans for interior design improvements and new buildings will be constructed on Temple Square.
Learn more about the planned improvements to the Salt Lake Temple on the Newsroom website.Other renderings demonstrate the base isolation system, “which is one of the most effective means of protecting a structure against earthquake forces,” according to Brent Roberts, Managing Director of the Church’s Special Projects Department.
An aerial view of Temple Square in the late 1930s looking east. The Salt Lake Temple after its dedication in April 1893. A rendering view inside the north gate of Temple Square shows the top of the skylight over the recommend desk entry. A rendering shows the north side entry into Temple Square. A rendering of the Salt Lake Temple's base isolation system. The system is designed to protect the structure from earthquakes.The temple is expected to reopen in 2024 with a public open house.“This project will enhance, refresh, and beautify the temple and its surrounding grounds,” said President Nelson. “Obsolete systems within the building will be replaced. Safety and seismic concerns will be addressed. Accessibility will be enhanced so that members with limited mobility can be better accommodated.” A Salt Lake Temple section looking west at the center line. An underground entrance from the temple parking lot will be added. The groundbreaking of the Salt Lake Temple February 14, 1853. A rendering depicts the Salt Lake Temple’s south side.On April 19, the Church released details and project renderings for the planned Salt Lake Temple renovation, in a Newsroom release. President Russell M. Nelson announced that the Salt Lake Temple would close on December 29, 2019, to undergo major structural and seismic renovation over the next four years. The current view of Temple Square. An aerial view looking west of the temple annex construction in the 1960s. A rendering of Temple Square after renovations. A rendering shows the entry into the temple, the recommend desk, and skylight. A rendering of the temple’s base isolation phase. The system is designed to protect the structure from earthquakes. A rendering of the Salt Lake Temple shows the temple’s south side at street level. The views will be improved from street level after the renovation. A rendering shows a view of the east block of Temple Square.The renderings depict the interior of the north entry into the temple with recommend desk and skylight, views of the north and south sides of the Salt Lake Temple, and overhead views of Temple Square, as well as cross section views of the temple.
There will be times during the construction when scaffolding will cover the temple and nightly lighting will be reduced.When was the last time the Salt Lake Temple underwent a major renovation?The Church acknowledged the cost of the renovation will be significant but did not disclose a specific figure.The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square will continue to use the Salt Lake Tabernacle but at times might move over to the Conference Center in coordination with the construction schedule. The Church emphasized that visitors will still be welcome to enjoy the Tabernacle.Patrons who normally attend the Salt Lake Temple are encouraged to attend other nearby temples, including the Ogden, Bountiful, Jordan River, Draper, and Oquirrh Mountain Utah temples, although they may experience increased waiting. There are no plans to formally reassign any Latter-day Saint stakes to other temple districts during the closure.The project will include the removal of the existing temple entry/annex, removal of the South Visitors’ Center, renovation of the historic Salt Lake Temple, construction of new temple entry buildings and visitors’ pavilions, and new hardscape and landscaping.There will still be access to the North Visitors’ Center, the Assembly Hall, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and other buildings surrounding the Salt Lake Temple.The stone spires and walls will need to be strengthened.The Church acknowledged the recent Notre Dame fire and understands how construction puts any project at greater risk for a fire. The Church plans to work closely with the contractor, Church risk management, and local fire officials to finalize a fire prevention plan.Yes. When complete in 2024, the Church will host a public open house, and the Salt Lake Temple will be rededicated.As part of the Salt Lake Temple renovation announcement on April 19, 2019, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the Church will make every reasonable effort to honor and maintain the temple’s historic beauty.Will the Tabernacle Choir still rehearse at the Salt Lake Tabernacle during the renovation?Administrative meetings held by Church leaders in the temple will be held in designated areas of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.No. The Church will coordinate closely with Salt Lake City to address any pedestrian and vehicle traffic concerns.The last major renovation of the Salt Lake Temple was in 1962. The temple closed on July 29 of that year for extensive renovation that included demolition of the old annex; cleaning of the exterior stone; replacement or upgrade of all mechanical systems, plumbing, wiring, carpeting, and light fixtures; reupholstering of furniture; and redecoration of the entire building. The temple reopened on May 21, 1963, according to ChurchofJesusChristTemples.org.Following the renovation, the Salt Lake Temple will include live and film sessions.How much will the renovation cost?Only the Salt Lake Temple, the South Visitors’ Center, and east plaza area will receive renovation attention.As part of the project, a new access tunnel will be installed under North Temple Street. The tunnel will grant direct entry to the temple from the Conference Center parking area.What will change/remain the same about the Salt Lake Temple’s exterior/interior?The Salt Lake Temple will close on December 29, 2019.Will there be any street closures?Tours by missionaries from the Temple Square Mission will continue to be available during construction, as will access to all the buildings surrounding the temple and plaza. Couples can still make marriage reservations until the temple is closed on December 29.Guests can still visit the Family History Library, Church History Museum, Church History Library, Conference Center, Salt Lake Tabernacle, North Visitors’ Center, Assembly Hall, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Church Office Building, Relief Society Building, Administration Building, Beehive House, and Lion House.The Church plans to preserve the historic aspects of the Salt Lake Temple’s exterior wall and hopes visitors will feel more welcomed to Temple Square.Who is doing the architecture and construction?How will the renovation affect Temple Square activities, such as tours, weddings, parties, concerts, restaurants, and state tourism?West of the Main Street Plaza, the temple renovation and nearby site improvements will extend from North Temple to South Temple and from the Tabernacle to the Main Street Plaza.How will this affect the Salt Lake Temple District?Extensive research has been undertaken regarding such things as soil composition, granite strength, concrete and plaster sampling, and vibration movement modeling, along with additional research in cooperation with the Church History Department on the historic aspects of the temple, including its original design and subsequent modifications. A detailed study of this research includes paint samples, murals, millwork, and furniture.During the renovation, the Church will closely coordinate pedestrian and vehicle traffic issues with Salt Lake City.When will the Salt Lake Temple close?How long will the Salt Lake Temple be closed?Visitors will still be able to come and see Christmas lights, although it may be somewhat limited and smaller during the construction period.The renovation of the plaza east of the temple will make it more public and friendly, with seating areas and new corridors.The plaza between State Street on the east and the Main Street Plaza will be repaired and refreshed with greater emphasis on the visitor experience and on the Savior.Tours by missionaries from the Temple Square Mission will continue to be available during construction.The Salt Lake Temple will be closed for about four years. It is expected to reopen in 2024.The project will involve scaffolding on the temple, multiple tower cranes, dust, and noise. The Church hopes to keep the dust to a minimum and comply with Salt Lake City noise ordinances.On March 7, 1963, the building that would later become the North Visitors’ Center was dedicated as a temporary annex.How much of Temple Square will be closed during the renovation, and what can I still visit?All of the temple’s aging mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems will be replaced.The Salt Lake Temple currently has no ability to accommodate patrons who do not speak English. When the renovation is completed, the temple will be able to serve members who speak more than 86 different languages.Will there be an open house and rededication of the Salt Lake Temple when the renovation is finished?How will the Temple Square renovation affect the annual tradition of Christmas lights?Here are some questions and answers that will hopefully help those following the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square to better understand how the project will unfold in the coming years.A new annex built to house seven new sealing rooms, a children’s waiting room, mechanical systems, two new locker rooms, new initiatory areas, and a new chapel seating 450 patrons opened on March 19, 1966. This new annex was dedicated on October 23, 1967.The work of the project is a mix of preservation, restoration, renovation, and new construction.FFKR Architects and Jacobsen Construction.The renovation will include a significant seismic upgrade to help the temple withstand a large magnitude earthquake. A base isolation system will be installed.“We will strive to preserve its reverent setting and character as originally directed by President Brigham Young,” President Nelson said. “We promise that you will love the results.”Where will the weekly meeting of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles take place?How much noise and dust will the renovation generate?How will the Church prevent what recently happened with Notre Dame from happening to the Salt Lake Temple?How will the renovation affect the plaza and other buildings on Temple Square?What will be different about the sacred work of the Salt Lake Temple when the renovation is complete?
México México City East MissionSister Cowley is a stake missionary preparation instructor and former stake Young Women presidency counselor, stake Primary presidency secretary, ward Primary and Young Women president, Primary teacher, and missionary in the Canada Toronto Mission. She was born in Provo, Utah, to Robert Glenn Shields and Marcia Marie Hatch Shields.
Eric and Christina HicksRobert J. Meek, 54, and Lynnette Meek, four children, Enterprise Ward, Morgan Utah West Stake: Chile Osorno Mission, succeeding President Mark P. Isom and Sister Cynthia D. Isom. Brother Meek is a stake Young Men president and a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, bishopric counselor, ward mission leader, and missionary in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission. He was born in La Jara, Colorado, to Lewis Eugene Meek and Donna Rae Reed Shepherd.Sister Reese is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Primary and Young Women presidency counselor, and Cub Scout leader. She was born in Salt Lake City to Paul Nofear Davis and Rae Jean Poulter Davis.Adrian B. Parry, 53, and Rita L. Parry, seven children, North Park 4th Ward, Provo Utah North Park Stake: México México City East Mission, succeeding President Siegfried A. Naumann and Sister Riitta H. Naumann. Brother Parry is a high councilor and temple ordinance worker and a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the México México City North Mission. He was born in Mesa, Arizona, to Bert Hale Parry and Diamantina Alba Parry.D. Corey Sanders, 59, and Melissa C. Sanders, two children, Safford Kimball Ward (Spanish), Safford Arizona Stake: Ghana Accra West Mission, succeeding President Robert H. Simpson and Sister Jinny Simpson. Brother and Sister Sanders are serving as senior missionaries in the Ghana Accra Mission. Brother Sanders is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, branch president, and missionary in the Japan Nagoya Mission. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Earl K Sanders and Marva June Moody Sanders.David Hollingsworth, 62, and Michelle Hollingsworth, three children, Crystal Falls Ward, Cedar Park Texas Stake: Florida Tampa Mission, succeeding President Kendall J. Cooper and Sister Christine Cooper. Brother Hollingsworth is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, stake clerk, high councilor, bishop, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the France Toulouse Mission. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Howard Earl Hollingsworth and Wyla Jean Hollingsworth.
D. Corey and Melissa C. Sanders
Robert J. and Lynnette MeekCanada Edmonton MissionSister Sanders is a former ward Young Women and Primary president, and Sunday School, Relief Society, and seminary teacher. She was born in Evansville, Indiana, daughter of Colen Eddy and Shirley Ann Menser Eddy Kugler.Sister Parry is a former stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, stake Young Women camp director, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, gospel doctrine teacher, and missionary in the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission. She was born in Driggs, Idaho, to Don Edmund Howard and Ramona LaVerne Fowers Howard.Florida Tampa MissionNikolay Ustyuzhaninov, 40, and Yuliya Ustyuzhaninova, four children, Perm Branch, Yekaterinburg Russia District: Russia Rostov-na-Donu Mission, succeeding President S. Eric Ottesen and Sister Elizabeth Doughty Ottesen. Brother Ustyuzhaninov is a former mission presidency counselor, district president, district presidency counselor, branch president, and missionary in the Russia Rostov-na-Donu Mission. He was born in Perm, Russia, to Anatoliy Ustyuzhaninov and Tamara Ponomaryova Ustyuzhaninova.
Nikolay and Yuliya Ustyuzhaninov
Curtis D. and Diane ReeseEric Hicks, 59, and Christina Hicks, six children, Mapleton 10th Ward, Mapleton Utah West Stake: Micronesia Guam Mission, succeeding President P. Michael Poston and Sister Wanda K. Poston. Brother and Sister Hicks recently served as senior missionaries in the Asia North Area Public Affairs Office. Brother Hicks is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the Japan Nagoya Mission. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Jasper Clyde Hicks and Carol Ann Hicks.Ghana Accra West MissionSister Hollingsworth is a former stake Young Women president, stake and ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Primary president, Young Women adviser, Sunday School teacher, and seminary teacher. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Ralph Leon Barrett and Carmen Hunt.Timothy N. Cowley, 53, and Kristen L. Cowley, nine children, Mesa 30th Ward, Mesa Arizona East Stake: Canada Edmonton Mission, succeeding President George C. Pattison and Sister Lisa D. Pattison. Brother Cowley is a stake missionary preparation instructor and a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, ward Young Men president, ward mission leader, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission. He was born in McNary, Arizona, to Dixon Duke Cowley and Alice Neal Cowley.Nevada Las Vegas West MissionMicronesia Guam MissionRussia Rostov-na-Donu Mission
Timothy N. and Kristen L. CowleySister Meek is a former stake and ward Young Women president, ward Primary and Relief Society president, Sunday School teacher and missionary in the China Hong Kong Mission. She was born in Provo, Utah, to Robert Earl Wilson and Ida Emelia Funk Wilson.
Adrian B. and Rita L. ParrySister Hicks is a former stake Young Women president, stake Relief Society and Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women and Primary President, and seminary teacher. She was born in Provo, Utah, to Walter Richard Willey and Elizabeth Carol Zimmerman.
David and Michelle HollingsworthCurtis D. Reese, 57, and Diane Reese, five children, Cristianitos Ward, San Clemente California Stake: Nevada Las Vegas West Mission, succeeding President Martin N. Walker and Sister Laura J. Walker. Brother Reese is a seminary and Sunday School teacher and a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, elders quorum president, and missionary in the England London East Mission. He was born in Kanab, Utah, to Lane Linder Reese and Anna Lou Frost Reese.Chile Osorno MissionThe following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July of 2019. Biographies of other mission presidency couples will be published throughout 2019 on news.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. (See other published biographies.)Sister Ustyuzhaninova is a former branch Relief Society presidency counselor and temple and family history consultant. She was born in Perm, Russia, to Nikolay Savinovskiy and Svetlana Belova Savinovskaya.
The full quote from Churchill reads, “On the night of May 10, 1941, with one of the last bombs of the last serious raid, our House of Commons was destroyed by the violence of the enemy, and we have now to consider whether we should build it up again, and how, and when. We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us. Having dwelt and served for more than 40 years in the late Chamber, and having derived very great pleasure and advantage therefrom, I, naturally, should like to see it restored in all essentials to its old form, convenience, and dignity.”There is an interesting sentiment toward the end of the prayer when President Woodruff petitioned, “Heavenly Father, when Thy people shall not have the opportunity of entering this holy house” and “when the children of Thy people, in years to come, shall be separated, through any cause, from this place, and their hearts shall turn in remembrance of Thy promises to this holy Temple.”In the words of C.S. Lewis: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”Churchill understood the power of preserving and restoring a building that was really the people’s house. He knew the rubble represented more than steel and concrete. The building was the vessel that held the echoes of critical debates, the vision of freedom, hope for the future, and the very soul of the nation. Buildings, places, and spaces do that.The difference between an old building and a building that is historic is what happened on the inside. Winston Churchill famously said, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.”President Wilford Woodruff, who offered the dedicatory prayer for the Salt Lake Temple in 1893, may have sensed such a period would come. Visitors walks past flowers on the grounds of the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019. Leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced renovation plans for the Salt Lake Temple and changes to the temple grounds and Temple Square. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.In his remarks Friday, President Russell M. Nelson made an invitation similar to President Woodruff when he petitioned members: “As we watch the renovation of the temple and Temple Square, I invite each of us to renew our dedication to the Lord and His holy work.”Over the next four years, the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square will be renewed in a magnificent way. The shaping of these sacred places and spaces will in turn shape and influence all who “come and see” for generations to come. We should look to and learn from this continued shaping and strive to fashion our own faith after it.Looking at renewing our dedication to the Lord and fashioning our lives in a manner like the temple requires us to submit ourselves to the Master Builder.I have used this quote many times over the years, and not until recently did I come to understand the full context of his powerful statement. This wasn’t just one more quotable quip from the prolific Churchill. It was notable because he was referring to the rebuilding of the House of Commons that had been bombed regularly as a high-profile target during World War II.There is a sense of sadness that we are about to enter a season when members of the Church will not be able to enter the Salt Lake Temple during the renovation, restoration, and construction project.The announcements regarding efforts to preserve and improve pioneer-era temples are likewise more than just an effort to ensure stone and steel, glass, and grounds can be used for another 125 years. These buildings and the sacred spaces that surround them are the vessels of critical covenants for individuals and families—they capture the vision of eternity and hope for the souls of all of God’s children.Looking to the temple as a sacred space—even when entrance isn’t possible—can lead to great blessings.The announcement that the iconic Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will close for a four-year renovation has brought attention to the importance of sacred, historic buildings and the spaces they occupy in communities and cultures. Such buildings were built with sacrifice and more than century-old tools and were constructed of faith more than stone.He prayed for members of the Church to “turn their faces towards this Thy holy house.” President Woodruff understood that even when entrance is not possible, looking to the temple would help guide and shape the hearts of the people.President Howard W. Hunter instructed members who didn’t live in close proximity to a temple to still look to the temple and to consider their own temple recommend as a symbol of their faith and membership in the Lord’s Church.
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
An Introduction to DNA and Genealogy
I've Tested my DNA, Now What?
Finding an Unknown Parent Using DNA: A Case Study
Making DNA Connections through Descendancy Research
Main FloorFamily History Library, FamilySearch will provide free DNA classes, webinars, and a DNA lab to answer personal questions. The beauty of the webinar is that you can also “attend” from home using your computer. See if taking a DNA test is right for you, different tests you can take, and how it might help your family history research.Get answers to these questions and more at the FamilySearch Family DNA Day at the Family History Library 2019 on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The event is being held in harmony with International DNA Day, the 66th anniversary of the discovery of DNA structure in 1953.
The baptistry in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. Artistic detail is displayed in various places throughout the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. A statue of the ancient prophet Moroni stands atop the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. Recommend desk in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. Artwork in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. An instruction room in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. Bride's room in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. An instruction room in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple.The Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple is about to open its doors to the public for a week beginning Wednesday, April 24 through May 1, excluding Sunday.On April 22, the Church released images of the interior of the Oklahoma City temple on Newsroom.The Oklahoma City temple will serve Church members in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri.For tickets to the open house, visit templeopenhouse.lds.org. Sealing room in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. The celestial room in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple.President James E. Faust, then Second Counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple on July 30, 2000. The temple was closed on October 15, 2017, for extensive renovation. Bride's room in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple.Following the open house, President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, will rededicate the temple on Sunday, May 19. Attendance to the rededication session will be by invitation only.
“We are deeply saddened on this Easter Sunday by the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka,” the statement reads. “We offer our heartfelt condolences and sincere prayers to all of those affected by these tragic events. We mourn with those who lost loved ones and pray for those who are seeking to heal from the physical and emotional wounds they are now suffering. May the Lord bless them with peace and comfort in these trying moments.”The Asia Area presidency is comprised of Elder David F. Evans, President, and his counselors, Elder Peter F. Meurs and Elder David P. Homer. All three are General Authority Seventies.At least 207 people were killed and more than 400 were wounded in a series of eight coordinated bombings on Easter Sunday targeting Christian churches and high-end hotels in three cities.Following Sunday's devastating bombings in Sri Lanka that have resulted in more than 200 deaths, the Asia Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement expressing sorrow and offering comfort.Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia and located in the Indian Ocean southeast of the southern tip of India.
During the meeting, Elder Soares replicated the teachings of President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency—President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring. He taught about ministering, teaching in the home, and Sabbath observance. He asked them to seek and act in faith.Just 12 years ago, in 2007, Elder Soares created the the São Paulo Brazil Cumbica Stake. Going back to Cumbica—known for its ancient, indigenous name—“was a sweet, sweet experience.”And as the community grows, so does the Church, he said. “The people have hope, and that hope brings them to the gospel of Jesus Christ because the gospel is a gospel of hope.”He loved getting acquainted with the families who have been working to build the Church in the area. “It is beautiful to see the growth of the Church in São Paulo.”The members and leaders asked questions of deep significance, allowing for meaningful discussions, he said. “You could see that they understand the teachings, they practice them, they have implemented them, and they are finding joy by following them.”“It was wonderful to return to my origins,” he said.“Do you recall the hard time you had with us?” Elder Soares asked her.Elder Soares said he will never forget the opportunity to return to the area after a 12-year absence. “It is beautiful to see people from my youth growing up and being faithful and enduring to the end, facing their trials and serving the Lord. Their faith was edified in their early life—like mine was—and they remained faithful.”São Paulo has made a place for the people and cultures of the world, he said. “It is a city that embraces people from all over—even Brazilians leaving Northern Brazil and moving to the city to find work.”Just miles from where he grew up as a child in northern São Paulo, Brazil—not far from the city’s Guarulhos International Airport—Elder Ulisses Soares drove the streets and thought about his youth.In the area where there used to be three little Latter-day Saint branches—filled with humble, hardworking families—the Church now has four stakes.“No,” she said, “you were all good.”“It was a celebration to see how well the members of the Church in that part of Brazil are engaged in these principles,” said Elder Soares. These principles are “blessing more and more families and individuals in the Church.”A dear friend of Elder Soares’ mother, the woman reminded Elder Soares of sweet memories, associations, mentors, and friends from his homeland.In the area included in the Cumbica stake boundaries, humble people are able to find jobs and work hard. Residents of the older, established community continue to welcome those moving in.Elder Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the São Paulo Brazil Cumbica Stake conference and leadership meetings March 23-24.“She was very nice,” he said. “We know we were very active youth in the Church. We had questions. We had personalities that came across while we were growing. She managed that so well. Being in her class was a very sweet experience.” With over 12 million residents, expanses of tall buildings define views of São Paulo, Brazil, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Elder Ulisses Soares visited a childhood area in Brazil on his recent visit. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.A special moment of the stake conference came as Elder Soares was leaving the chapel and saw a woman who had been his Primary teacher years ago. She asked to take a photograph with Elder Soares. “I need to see you,” she told him, looking him up and down.He said he was grateful to be with them, teach them, and learn from them.
Winning the U.S. marathon championship in 2015 was a life-changing moment for the Latter-day Saint athlete. But Ward said he was a blessed man long before claiming a national title.When Latter-day Saint distance runner Jared Ward was running a few miles here or there to keep fit during his mission, he surely had no clue that he would one day hold the lead at the Boston Marathon.He took to the grueling, 26.2 mile event almost immediately.He’s also very, very fast.He returned home in 2009 and became a four-time All-American at BYU. After finishing his senior season, he turned professional and made the challenging transition to marathon running.Ward is a first-class marathoner—but he defines himself first as a husband and a father. “Balancing everything is easier when the priorities are set,” he said.Prior to serving a mission in Pennsylvania, Ward had been an elite high school distance runner and had committed to compete for Brigham Young University’s renowned cross-country and track and field teams. But mission life afforded him little time for serious training. Over time he put on a few pounds and his conditioning suffered.A few of the world’s top marathoners eventually caught up with the Brigham Young University statistics adjunct professor, but Ward still finished strong. He placed eighth with a time of 2:09:25—a personal best and more than two minutes faster than when he finished sixth at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.“I’m grateful that I found a distance I’m really comfortable with,” he said following the Los Angeles race.“2:09, that’s been my goal for a long time, so I’m excited for that,” Ward said in a video he posted on Twitter after the race. “And I do not regret leading that race. That was one of the funnest moments.”But there he was on Monday, April 15, running a second ahead of his nearest rivals at the race’s 20k checkpoint in one of the world’s most famous races.But he wasn’t discouraged. Missionary service had already taught him patience, hope, and perseverance.To say that Jared has “cut some time” from his mid-mission performance would be an understatement of, well, marathon proportions.Many of the skills that serve him well on the marathon course—resiliency, patience, and determination—he learned as a missionary. He never regretted his decision to serve even though he was unable to seriously train for two years.“Going on a mission was easy because I had already made up my mind to serve a mission,” he said. “I decided to serve a mission long before I decided to be a distance runner.”So one preparation day, Elder Ward and his companion found a high school track and slipped on their running shoes. The Kaysville, Utah, native ran a mile in just over five minutes. Not bad for a recreational plodder—but a snail’s pace for a collegiate runner.The lifelong member’s unconventional path from full-time missionary service to marathoning’s international elite was chronicled by the Church News in 2015 after he finished third in the Los Angeles Marathon and was crowned the U.S. marathon champion.“I was really out of shape,” he said with a laugh.Ward was the second American man to cross the line, following behind countryman Scott Fauble.
“We promised you that you will love the results,” said President Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “They will emphasize and highlight the life, ministry, and mission of Jesus Christ in His desire to bless every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.”During the closure, administrative meetings currently held by Church leaders in the temple—including the weekly meeting of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—will then be held in designated areas of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. A view of Temple Square and the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“The temple and support facilities have served the Church with distinction,” said Bishop Davies, who was employed by the Church as the managing director of the Special Projects Department with responsibility for temple design and temple construction before his call to the Presiding Bishopric. The groundbreaking of the Salt Lake Temple February 14, 1853.“Every reasonable effort will be made to honor and maintain the temple’s historic beauty. We will strive to preserve its reverent setting and character as originally directed by President Brigham Young.”In 1853, Brigham Young determined to begin work.“The project will enhance, refresh, and beautify the temple and its surrounding grounds,” he said. “Obsolete systems within the building will be replaced. Safety and seismic concerns will be addressed.”“This temple and others built in Utah by these pioneer forebears represent some of the finest examples of architectural design, engineering, and use of materials then available,” he said, noting the Church has a sacred responsibility to care for the buildings. An aerial view looking west of the temple annex construction in the 1960s.“We express our heartfelt gratitude for these faithful and dedicated workers, as well as to our devoted employees,” Elder Wilson said. “Following established precedent, the temple presidency and all ordinance workers will be formally released after the temple closes for renovation.” A rendering of the Salt Lake Temple shows the temple’s south side at street level. The views will be improved from street level after the renovation.President Nelson said looking at the historic Salt Lake Temple brings to remembrance the pioneers who built the temple. With the site identified by Brigham Young soon after the pioneers' arrival in 1847, construction on the building began in 1853 and was completed 40 years later.“The project was monumental, even by today’s standards.”“The most important task facing Church leaders was to settle the saints, plant crops, and to prepare the way for the many thousands who would soon come to Zion, and for the building up of the Kingdom,” he said.Renovations will also make the temple more accessible to those with limited mobility, and translation capabilities will be incorporated. Some of the grounds will be restored to resemble conditions that existed when the temple was first constructed, he said. Work will also be done on the adjacent plaza near the Church Office Building.“Stone was quarried from the nearby mountains, trees were felled from nearby forests, and every effort was made to erect a lasting monument to God and to His people,” said Bishop Davies.During the renovation, patrons who normally attend the Salt Lake Temple can attend other nearby temples including the Ogden, Bountiful, Jordan River, Draper, and Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temples, he said, A rendering of Temple Square after renovations.
The renovation will include a significant seismic upgrade to help the temple withstand a large magnitude earthquake. —Brent Roberts, Church Special Projects Department pic.twitter.com/0YWq0Ufmb3— The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (@ChurchNewsroom) April 19, 2019“One of the many evidences of the Restoration of the Savior’s Church is the building of temples across the world,” he said. “Temples are precious to us, because in them, Church members and their families participate in sacred ceremonies and ordinances that are the crowning facet of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”Bishop Gérald Caussé, the Church's Presiding Bishop, conducted the media conference. Bishop Dean M. Davies, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, called the project “very significant and impactful.”On July 28, 1847, just four days after arriving in the great Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, Wilford Woodruff, and several others walked from their north camp to a section of land located between two creeks in the heart of the valley, he explained.Elder Wilson said that after the completion of the renovation project, the temple will be able to serve members who speak more than 86 different languages. “This will be a great blessing for members from around the world who wish to worship in the Salt Lake Temple,” he said.“To some extent, buildings are like people. Not only is the aging process inevitable, but it can also be unkind. The good news is that buildings can be renovated. The bad news is that needed renovations takes time.” A rendering view inside the north gate of Temple Square shows the top of the skylight over the recommend desk entry.“Easter stands as a recurring testimony that Jesus is the Christ, our redeeming Lord and Savior. We express our love for Him along with the witness that God lives. Jesus is the Christ. This is His Church.” The Salt Lake Temple after its dedication in April 1893. A rendering of the temple’s base isolation phase. The system is designed to protect the structure from earthquakes.
A rendering shows a view of the east block of Temple Square.In addition, the closure will also impact thousands of Church members who volunteer their time to serve as workers in the temple, he said. A view of the flowers on Temple Square and the Salt Lake Temple on Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“These temples are making preparations to welcome additional patrons, although we expect there may be occasions when they experience increased waiting,” Elder Wilson explained, noting that schedules for all temples can be found online at temples.churchofjesuschrist.org.“There are no plans to formally re-assign any stakes to other temple districts during the closure. Youth and adult Church members are invited to attend any temple of their choosing.”The Salt Lake Temple is “one of the largest operating temples of the Church and serves thousands of patrons in the Salt Lake Valley as well as many other Church members who visit Salt Lake City from around the world,” he said. Temple Square and downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Photo by Steve Griffin, Deseret News. “It is recorded that Brigham Young waved his hand and said ‘here is the 40 acres for the temple. The city can be laid out perfectly square north and south, east and west.’ It was moved and seconded that the temple lot was to be set aside and to contain 40 acres. However, after further review, the 40 acres was later reduced to 10.”
A rendering shows the entry into the temple, the recommend desk, and skylight.A rendering depicts the Salt Lake Temple’s south side.It would take 40 years to complete the temple.Elder Larry Y. Wilson, General Authority Seventy and Executive Director of the Temple Department, said numerous matters must be considered when a temple is closed for an extended renovation.President Nelson noted that the press conference was held on Good Friday. The day reminds the world that “Easter Sunday is nigh,” he said.But construction did not begin immediately.The temple was dedicated 40 years later by President Wilford Woodruff on April 6, 1893. A rendering shows the north side entry into Temple Square. A Salt Lake Temple section looking west at the center line. An underground entrance from the temple parking lot will be added.However, he added, there are a number of needs for the temple that President Nelson referred to in his comments and announcement.“Many Church members tithed their time and resources for the building of the temple,” Bishop Davies said.On February 14, 1853, ground was broken. At the groundbreaking, Brigham Young spoke for about 30 minutes. Then after an interlude of music and song, Heber C. Kimball offered a prayer consecrating the ground.The First Presidency led the procession to the southeast corner of the temple site where they loosened a piece of frozen earth about one-foot square. President Young then lifted his spade and cast the first shovelful of earth aside for the building of the temple, and the work commenced. An aerial view of Temple Square in the late 1930s looking east.The Salt Lake Temple will close December 29, 2019, and remain closed for approximately four years, President Russell M. Nelson announced Friday morning, April 19. The current view of Temple Square. A rendering shows the north side entry into Temple Square across the street from the Conference Center.The Salt Lake Temple has been renovated many times since its original dedication, he said, noting the most extensive renovation took place from 1962 to 1966.Speaking at a press conference held in the Temple Square South Visitors Center, President Nelson joined other senior Church leaders and renovation project managers to talk about the massive and historic Salt Lake Temple renovation and preservation efforts.For 126 years the Salt Lake Temple has inspired and served generations of Church members, he said.
A rendering of the Salt Lake Temple's base isolation system. The system is designed to protect the structure from earthquakes.
—Boyd Matheson is the opinion editor at the Deseret News.Many years ago I delivered a lecture on leadership to a group of some 2,000 business people in a large hall in San Diego, California. After a long day of speaking, the session ended and I stood at the front of the auditorium shaking hands and answering questions from some of the participants. I settled into a routine as one participant would come up, shake my hand, and ask their question. I would try to offer a quick answer, and they would move on so the next person could come up.President Gordon B. Hinckley learned this as a young missionary in England. Physically ill, homesick, and discouraged with his lack of progress and success, President Hinckley wrote to his father that he felt he was wasting his time and his father’s money. His father’s reply was simple and straightforward: “Gordon, forget yourself and go to work.”After long flights and endless delays I finally made it to my first stop just outside of Liverpool. I arose in the morning and began to get ready for the day. As I went to put on my shirt I found I couldn’t do it because Lindsay had not only buttoned the top button, she had buttoned every button on the shirt. Somewhat irritated, I undid all of the buttons, put the shirt on, rebuttoned them, and rushed on with my day.I sat down on the front of the stage, now all alone in the empty hall, so very thankful for my knowledge of our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ. I committed to hasten my journey toward true discipleship while deepening my commitment to “know Him better than I know Him.”We must serve Him more valiantly than we serve HimI told Lindsay that once I had ironed the shirt I would place it on a hanger. Then if she would fasten the top button of the shirt so it would stay on the hanger, that would really help me out. She was thrilled! I congratulated myself on my brilliance and pushed on until all 14 shirts were done. I tossed them into my suitcase and headed off to the airport.As we journey along the covenant path through our journey to discipleship, we will come to the know the Savior better than we know Him. We will come to remember Him more often than we remember Him. We will begin to serve Him more valiantly than we serve Him. By so doing we, along with those we love and serve, will come unto Him.We must remember Him more often than we remember HimPresident Nelson wrote in the Arizona Republic, “The most profound thing I’ve witnessed is the unrivaled difference that belief in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, has in a person’s life. There is simply nothing to compare with the refining, ennobling strength and meaning that come into the life of a devoted believer and servant.”President Nelson taught, “A hallmark of the Lord’s true and living Church will always be an organized, directed effort to minister to individual children of God and their families. Because it is His Church, we as His servants will minister to the one, just as He did. We will minister in His name, with His power and authority, and with His loving kindness.”As a new stake Relief Society president, my wife, Debbie, wanted to understand and get to know the ward presidents and the needs of the sisters in the stake. She did so, not by calling a meeting, but by going on a walk.President Hunter challenged us to remember the Savior more often than we remember Him. We have an extraordinary opportunity each week to pause, ponder, reflect, and remember Jesus Christ during the sacrament. The word “remember” resounds in covenant-reinforcing words of the sacramental prayers. As we remember Him more often than we remember Him we will find that our thoughts will be led to him, and our souls will become increasingly more like him.Such a witness from a living prophet should inspire each of us to accelerate our pace on that covenant path in the journey toward true discipleship. During his brief, but memorable, time as our Heavenly Father’s prophet, President Howard W. Hunter provided a powerful roadmap for such a journey. In some of his very first comments to the world after being set apart as prophet, seer, and revelator, President Hunter urged members to “live with ever more attention to the life and example of the Lord Jesus Christ.”He continued with a compelling challenge: “We must know Christ better than we know Him; we must remember Him more often than we remember Him.”When Christ’s disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus, they shared with Him, while not yet realizing who He was, that certain women had received a visit from angels who told them that Jesus had risen. Interestingly, the women had received this visit while on their way to minister to the Savior. We can all receive such marvelous messages and heavenly help as we faithfully and humbly minister to our sisters and brothers.Ministering represents valiant service to the Savior that requires selfless and specific action. The Savior marked the path and led the way by walking with and ministering to the needs of the one.The Prophet Joseph Smith stated, “A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.”When the journey is finally complete, we hope that our lives, our words, and our deeds will carry in their wake a witness of the covenant path we valiantly chose to pursue. That by these, all men will know that we are His disciples.As I ironed, my daughter, Lindsay, who was about four years old at the time, begged me to let her help with the ironing. Any of you who have received help from a four-year-old knows that this kind of assistance is usually more work than help. I put Lindsay off and told her I needed to do it myself. She persisted. Her begging turned to pleading. Finally, in desperation I came up with a plan.
Flowers bloom near the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 5, 2019. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.The second day as I was getting ready, I discovered, to my great horror, that Lindsay had buttoned every button on every shirt. Each morning I began with a somewhat frustrating routine of unbuttoning and buttoning. This continued for several more days. On the morning of the sixth day, as I was going through the buttoning ritual, I found myself thinking about my Lindsay. With each button I was reflecting on her infectious smile, endless energy, and dynamic spirit. I realized that all of those buttons were simply Lindsay’s way of making sure that I remembered her while I was far away.We must know Him better than we know HimHe gripped tightly and paused for a long moment. Then, looking me squarely in the eye, he asked, “Do you know Jesus Christ?” I was completely unprepared for such a question. My mind raced, searching for thoughts, words, ideas. Finally, I stammered, “Yes.” Then, gaining confidence, “Yes, sir. Yes, I do!” The old man squeezed my hand, winked and smiled, and softly said, “I thought you did.” With that he turned and walked away.The road to Emmaus led through the neighborhoods in our stake and guided those willing to walk along that path to endless opportunities to valiantly serve.Debbie walked the boundaries of each of the wards in the stake (something easily done in our Utah stake). She talked with each of the Relief Society presidents as they walked past the homes in their ward. There were homes being held together by single parents, homes with wayward children, homes of widows, homes of great faith, homes of exemplary discipleship. Few homes escaped significant challenges. Every home had a reason to receive Christlike ministry.Early in 1995 I was preparing for an extended 21-day business trip to England. The first 16 days of the trip were scheduled as a semi-death-march with each workday spent delivering eight hours of leadership training for business executives followed by evening firesides for local youth and weekends filled with sacrament and youth meetings. Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the Seventy, a family friend who was in the Area Presidency at the time, had asked if I would be willing to share my evenings and weekends for some meetings—he wasn’t kidding.President Hinckley counted it as a critical moment of determination to valiantly serve. Years later he declared that everything good that came into his life could be traced back to that discipleship-turning moment of decision to valiantly serve the Savior. President Hinckley regularly challenged members and people around the world to stand a little taller, be a little better, and do a little more to valiantly serve.President Russell M. Nelson has invited all to come and experience for themselves the blessings found along the covenant path in the adventure of discipleship. Recently the prophet wrote a guest opinion piece for the Arizona Republic in which he stated, “It is my conviction that our Savior can strengthen and enable us to reach our highest highs and be able to cope with our lowest lows. As an ordained Apostle of Jesus Christ, I invite you to seek to know for yourself that He is the Master Healer.”Adding to the degree of difficulty, I would not sleep in the same city two nights in a row. With that as a background, I made my preparation for the trip and spent my final moments before leaving for the airport engaged in one of my least favorite activities in the world—ironing my shirts. With the schedule, I needed to iron 14 shirts to get me through until I would finally have a day to do laundry.And I would add that we must serve Him more valiantly than we serve Him so that those around us and those we love can come unto Him.By knowing Him and remembering Him we will become determined disciples who will be worthy and willing to valiantly serve Him. On the one hand, the world says that if you want to improve or be successful you have to watch out for number one, take care of yourself first, and do only what is best for you. The Savior, on the other hand, teaches us that it is only when we lose ourselves in the service of others that we can truly find ourselves and realize our full potential.Remembering the Savior brings strength and meaning to every day, especially for the difficult days and trying times.As this continued, I noticed an older gentleman among the crowd. He waited patiently, and then as it would near his turn he would step back and let others go ahead of him. Finally, all the other participants had left the room, and the old man stepped forward for what I was excitedly hoping would be the last handshake and question of the day. I admit that as he extended his hand I tried to anticipate what he would ask. A question about leading his company strategy, how to communicate with his clients, or how to deal with a difficult employee seemed likely.
Seventeen people were injured across the island nation, including a pair of hikers in the Taroko Gorge National Park who were hit by falling rocks triggered by the shaking.A massive quake in 1999 rattled the entire island and killed more than 2,000.Sister Shelley Peterson, who serves in the Taiwan Taipei Mission with her husband, President Michael Peterson, wrote on a mission Facebook page that she was feeling “a little rattled” before adding, “but all is well.”Structural damage in some buildings prompted evacuations and children were taken out of schools that were thought possibly compromised. Meanwhile, high-speed rail service between Taipei and Taoyuan was temporarily suspended.Taiwan is a seismic country where earthquakes are fairly common. A February 6, 2018, temblor—which was also centered in Hualien—claimed 17 lives and injured hundreds others.Missionaries were reported safe and accounted for in Taiwan following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake on Thursday near the coastal city of Hualien.The quake began around 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, and shook the populous capital city of Taipei, located about 100 miles from the epicenter, according to AccuWeather.Sister Peterson added that some of the missionaries who were finishing their missions and returning home the next day were on the top floor of the 1,671-foot Taipei 101 skyscraper when the earthquake struck.Missionaries in Hualien fled their apartments and found shelter at a local Latter-day Saint meetinghouse and were sustained with provisions from their 72-hour kits.“All just returned and now have a great story to tell,” she said.“I’ve been in many earthquakes as a California resident, but this one was a topper,” she wrote. “We are grateful all are safe.”
A view of the rose window in the west facade of Notre Dame Cathedral on May 18, 2017. Photo by Valerie Johnson, Church News.
According to Newsroom, President Nelson expressed in a letter his “profound sadness at the damage done to this sacred structure that has stood for more than 800 years.” He also told the Bishop of Rome that his thoughts “immediately” went to him and friends of the Catholic faith, and that he prays “Notre Dame will rise again in newness of life,” Newsroom reported.
On April 18, President Nelson’s Twitter account posted about the Church leader’s letter of sympathy addressed to the pope: “Upon learning of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, I wrote @Pontifex Pope Francis to express that Latter-day Saints are remembering our Catholic brothers and sisters. We pray that Notre Dame will rise again in newness of life.”
Prior to dedicating the Rome Italy Temple, President Nelson and President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, met with Pope Francis on March 9. It was the first time a Latter-day Saint leader has had a formal audience with the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Other Church leaders including the Church’s Europe Area Presidency—Elder Paul V. Johnson, Elder Gary B. Sabin, and Elder Massimo De Feo—also expressed their sympathies to Michel Aupetit, archbishop of Paris. According to Newsroom, they stated their desire to the French people and the Christian world that Notre Dame will be restored as a symbol of faith.
President Ballard and Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, also expressed their deep sadness regarding the Notre Dame fire to Bishop Solis.
Breshears, a cabinetmaker from Palmer, Alaska, had just joined Instagram so he could better communicate with his five daughters. When his wife alerted him to the contest, one daughter helped him to submit the necessary information. Two days later he learned he had won.“It was powerful,” Breshears said. “I just love sacred music. I find God in music like that. The chance to go and stand in that group and be a part of that was what I wanted. It was certainly as wonderful and as powerful and absolutely as spiritual as I had hoped that it would be. It was a fantastically spiritual experience for me. I hope they keep doing it so I can enter again.” Mack Wilberg directs The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square during a rehearsal on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.The message informed the North Salt Lake wife and mother that she was among four grand prize winners randomly selected to sing with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.“What's most impressive is you don't realize everything that goes on behind the scenes, but they have a well-organized machine down there,” Wilson said. “The music library was pretty impressive.”Reynolds came away grateful for how things turned out. She was also impressed by the dedication of choir members, she said.When the choir performed, Wilson was moved by how they blended their voices to sound like one.After flying to Utah from Alaska, Breshears joined the choir's baritone section. He gained a new appreciation for the choir and the hours of practice and preparation that go into the 30-minute Music and the Spoken Word. The best part was just standing in the midst of the choir and feeling the strength of their voices as they sang the different songs, he said. Choir member David Stevenson, left, talks with Matt Breshears and Daniel Wilson in preparation to sing with The Tabernacle Choir during a rehearsal on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Debbie Matheson tries on a dress in preparation to sing with The Tabernacle Choir during a rehearsal in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Four people were selected through social media to sing with the choir. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“We are not kidding, you won,” came the response.Daniel Wilson, an Arizona resident who works in real estate, developed a love of Tabernacle Choir music at a young age by listening to their music on his father's Walkman. He fostered dreams of one day singing with the choir. Daniel Wilson gets a tour of the vast music library by Deb Martin in preparation to sing with The Tabernacle Choir during a rehearsal. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Reynolds came into the experience having studied music theater in New York City, worked in music therapy, and done some songwriting, among other musical pursuits. She even auditioned for the Tabernacle Choir nearly five years ago before getting married and starting a family.The Tabernacle Choir orchestrated the contest in timing with the release of the choir's new album, “Let Us All Press On.” To enter, people had to do three things: follow the choir's Instagram or Facebook accounts, name their three favorite tracks from the new album, and tag a friend in the comments section. CDs of The Tabernacle Choir on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.The four winners were fitted in the official choir wardrobe, matched up with an escort, and allowed to rehearse with the choir on Thursday, April 11.Reynolds, along with Matthew Breshears, Daniel Wilson, and Debbie Matheson, were the four winners picked out of more than 6,200 who entered for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing with the Tabernacle Choir. Debbie Matheson, left, is escorted by choir member Lori Hayward in preparation to sing with The Tabernacle Choir on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“Everybody was so nice and welcoming,” Reynolds said. “They basically treated us like royalty. The experience was both humbling and inspiring.”On Sunday morning, April 14, the four winners also took part in a full run-through of Music and the Spoken Word, including a few camera shots of them singing. The choir recognized the foursome during the broadcast while they sat in the audience.“I was really surprised, not expecting it at all. It's always been a dream of mine to sing with the Tabernacle Choir,” Matheson said. “I've had other opportunities to sing but this is really the ultimate choir to be a part of. It was everything I had ever hoped for and more. … It was a highly sought-after experience, so it was such a great privilege to be chosen.”The highlight for Reynolds was meeting, associating, and singing with such talented choir members.“The whole experience was so meaningful,” she said. “I still have the desire to be in the choir, but now with a young family and everything, knowing it probably wouldn't work out, this is the next best thing, to get a taste of what it's like to be a choir member. If and when I audition again in the future, I know a bit more about what to expect.”She really did win. Pearls are stored for The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square members in Salt Lake City. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Wilson described the experience as amazing. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square rehearses in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“It was like everybody came together and was unified and focused and it all really did feel like we were all giving the same message while we were singing those songs and that really touched my heart,” he said. “That was really a special experience.” Daniel Wilson, center, sings with The Tabernacle Choir on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Choir officials treated Wilson and the other winners to a grand behind-the-scenes tour of the Tabernacle, its inner workings, and the music library, which still has music performed by the choir a century ago, Wilson said. Daniel Wilson, right, gets fitted with a suit by Vance Everett in preparation to sing with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square during a rehearsal in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Four people were selected through social media to sing with the choir. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. McKenna Reynolds laughs while rehearsing with The Tabernacle Choir Square during a rehearsal in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“This can't be real. I didn't even mention it to my husband or my mom or anything like that,” she said. “Until I got another message that was like ‘Hey, what's your email so we can send you information.’ Oh, this is legit. I told my husband and my mom and they thought it was so cool. I was kind of like, ‘Yeah, I guess I won.’”Wilson missed the first notification that he was a winner and a whole day went by. When a second message arrived in his inbox, his response was, “Are you kidding me? Did I win?”McKenna Miller Reynolds' first reaction to the Facebook message was that it was a joke or a mistake. Debbie Matheson rehearses with The Tabernacle Choir on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“I was a little emotional, shed a few tears,” he said. “I sent a picture of the notification to my wife and told the kids. Everybody thought it was an April Fool's joke. Nobody believed it except me.”Singing with the choir was also a unique and special opportunity for Matheson, a mother of five and grandmother of five who lives in Cedar Hills, Utah. She has previously performed with the Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) A Capella choir and the Mormon Youth Chorus. She was pleasantly surprised to be selected.
A new large-print version of the New Testament 2019 Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families manual is now available from the online store of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The manual is part of a series of Come, Follow Me resources for home, Sunday School, and Primary for 2019. Learn more at comefollowme.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.To order a copy, go to the manual at store.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and select “English, Large Print” in the Language drop-down menu.
A new Sunday School General Presidency, 10 General Authority Seventies, and 55 Area Seventies were called and sustained during the 189th Annual General Conference on April 6.Changes to Church leadership are reflected in a new chart of General Authorities and General Officers dated April 2019, available to view or download.President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, announced a new Sunday School General Presidency. Brother Mark L. Pace is the new president, with Brother Milton Camargo and Brother Jan E. Newman as his counselors.View and download the PDF now. See the printed chart in the conference issue of the May Ensign and Liahona magazines.Also announced were 10 new General Authority Seventies: Elder Rubén V. Alliaud, Elder Jorge M. Alvarado, Elder Hans T. Boom, Elder L. Todd Budge, Elder Ricardo P. Giménez, Elder Peter M. Johnson, Elder John A. McCune, Elder James R. Rasband, Elder Benjamin M. Z. Tai, and Elder Alan R. Walker.
According to a press release, Temple Square organists give recitals and performances with the Tabernacle Choir. They also “give classroom instruction for the Choir training school, provide accompaniment for rehearsals and concerts of the Temple Square Chorale and Bells on Temple Square performing groups, and provide organ support for other Church and community events held on Temple Square.”On Friday, April 12, the Tabernacle Choir announced its newest Temple Square organist.For more details, visit the Tabernacle Choir's website.Joseph Peeples will join three current full-time Tabernacle organists: Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, and Brian Mathias, and two part-time Temple Square organists, Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts.“We warmly welcome Joseph to the organ staff and look forward to his musical contributions on Temple Square,” said Richard Elliott, principal Tabernacle organist, in the press release.Peeples has also been a university organist at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. While there, he taught courses in a variety of areas including applied organ, keyboard harmony, and music appreciation. Additionally, Peeples has served as organist at First United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara, accompanying the Chancel Choir. He has also accompanied Brigham Young University Choirs and has received his master's degree from BYU in organ performance.