History of the Saints: The Doctrine & Covenants

What is the Doctrine and Covenants, how did it come to be, and what is its role in the Lord’s work? This is the timely and important subject of this special presentation of History of the Saints. President Benson said in April 1987 “God bless us all to use all the scriptures, but in particular the instrument He designed to bring us to Chris—the Book of Mormon, the keystone of our religion—along with its companion volume, the capstone, the Doctrine and Covenants, the instrument to bring us to Christ’s kingdom, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

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History of the Saints: The Joseph Smith Papers

The Joseph Smith Papers

The Joseph Smith Papers are a wealth and treasure of understanding. It is one of the most significant historical works of our generation. In History of the Saints, church historians talk about how many volumes have been released and more are coming in the years ahead. All of this work serves to affirm the faith of the Saints. Just released is the newest volume in the Documents Series—Documents Volume 9. It is different than previous volumes because of the short span of time it covers and is a wealth of information. If you have had questions about the origins of the Relief Society, or Joseph Smith as a Mason, or of the Prophet’s many and varied roles of leadership in Nauvoo—then this program will be of great help to you.

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Church History Museum opened a new interactive exhibition to teach children about temples that will be in place during the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple. Also on Wednesday, Church officials released “Saints” volume 2.

The new book focuses on building temples in the West and addresses several more difficult periods in Latter-day Saint Church history.

“One of the things we’re trying to do with ‘Saints’ is to tell a global history of the Church,” said Matthew Grow, director of publications for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Grow oversaw the team of writers for this project.

“Saints” volume 2 covers Latter-day Saint history from 1846 to 1893, discussing the trek West, immigrants who strengthened the faith and Native Americans who helped the Saints. The complete title is “Saints: No Unhallowed Hand.”

Saints, Volume 2: No Unhallowed Hand

Grow said all four volumes have titles from Joseph Smith’s Wentworth Letter, explaining the faith to a journalist in 1843.

“There was a great effort in the second half of the 1800s of the American government (and) other people who opposed the Latter-day Saints and what they were trying to establish in Utah,” Grow said.

As with the first volume, this one focuses on some well-known individuals, such as Brigham Young.

Grow said Young was tough but was also accessible to the Saints.

“They didn’t call him President Young. They called him Brother Brigham, and there’s a great significance in that,” Grow said. “They believed that Brigham was one of them, that he knew them. He took time to understand their concerns, to answer their letters, to sit and counsel with them.”

Readers will also find the story of his daughter, Susa Young Gates. Gates was a suffragist, but struggled with an abusive husband, divorce, and child custody.

Grow said the story of “Saints” includes tragedy and mental illness – everything we experience today. The volume also tells the story of plural marriage.

“It’s one of the most difficult things for us to understand; it’s just so foreign to our own sensibilities,” Grow said. “But one of the things we tried to highlight is that they were engaged in plural marriage because of their faith.”

Grow said of those who practiced polygamy, some succeeded as families, while others did not. Many people also faced challenges and tests of faith when the Manifesto to end polygamy was issued in 1890.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre is also referenced in the volume.

In 1857, a Mormon militia slaughtered more than 120 members of a wagon train from Arkansas in southern Utah. Grow said this was a difficult chapter to write and read.

“When they were pushing their own agendas, when they were trying to save themselves or their own reputations, trying to cover up the bad decisions they’d already made, that’s when it got more and more tragic,” Grow said.

“Saints” volume 2 features the building of temples in the West – St. George, Manti, and Logan, and ends with the iconic structure in Salt Lake.

Grow said the writers did not know about the closing of the Salt Lake Temple for a seismic upgrade, but he believes readers will enjoy the history.

“So, there is this really interesting timing, all the things going on with the temple today and we have the back story in ‘Saints,’” said Grow.

‘Temples Dot The Earth’ Exhibit 

Speaking of timing, a new children’s exhibit called “Temples Dot the Earth” debuted at the Church History Museum.

It begins with a painting of a young Jesus leaving the temple in Jerusalem with his parents then moves to a world map where children can identify countries and temple locations.

The brightly painted rooms have toys and activities for younger children, like stacking a spire and topping it with an Angel Moroni. For older children, there are computer games about temples, building Solomon’s temple and what happens in temples versus meetinghouses.

“We felt it was so important to learn through creative play, through activities, through artifacts about the temple and about why we build temples, why we attend temples, and why they’re so central to our faith,” said Maryanne Stewart Andrus, exhibits and education supervisor. Andrus was a team leader on the project, which took two-and-a-half years to complete.

There is history to learn in the exhibit as well, with temple artifacts.

“We’ve got some tools that were used in the design of the Nauvoo Temple,” said curator Alan Morrell. “All of the Utah temples are represented. We have some carpet from the Logan Temple.”

Part of the exhibit looks like a temple interior with an interactive model. Children can pick up a cardboard-backed photograph, each one representing a temple room somewhere in the world, and then slide it into an area of the model to make it 3-D.

Alan and Maryanne said they hope that families will enjoy the exhibit together as well as invite their friends of other faiths.

Both the book’s writers and exhibition curators said they hope each will provide the Saints with greater understanding and faith.

“Saints” volume 2 is now available as a book, online, and as an audiobook in 14 languages. The children’s temple exhibition will be at the Church History Museum for the next four years.

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Saints Church History

Church History

Discover stories from Church archives that are seldom heard. The new Saints Church history volumes share a unique perspective on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The story-telling style allows for the discovery of how the early church was formed and what the Saints experienced in those early years. This documentary takes you behind the scenes of the creation of these new books. Meet the historians and scholars associated with these works and hear why these history books are written in a more narrative form.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Tens of thousands gathered in downtown Salt Lake City Saturday for the 192nd Semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Each of the three sessions Saturday had a different choir: the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in the morning, a choir of missionaries sang in the afternoon, and the evening’s music was provided by a children and youth choir from South Jordan.

The evening session, previously alternating between a priesthood session for men and boys and a women’s session for women and girls, was for all members to attend.

The Saturday evening session in April 2022 was for women and girls, while the evening session in October 2021 was for all members.

History was made in the morning session as Sister Tracy Y. Browning became the first Black woman to speak in General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Her message encouraged Latter-day Saints to improve their spiritual vision.

“When we fix our sight on Jesus Christ, we recognize, and we understand that he is the only source and way to receive forgiveness and redemption, even unto eternal life and exaltation,” Sister Browning said.

Sister Tracy Y. Browning becomes first Black woman to give conference talk

In April, Sister Browning was sustained as the second counselor in the Primary general presidency. She is the first Black woman to serve in a general presidency.

Within the same session, a redesigned youth standards book was announced.

The new “For the Strength of Youth” booklet is already available online in 50 languages, and printed copies were being handed out Saturday.

Saturday morning, President Russell M. Nelson sat on a raised chair to deliver his five-minute address.

Afterward, on social media, the 98-year-old discussed his age, saying he doesn’t feel old but that a small adjustment, like using a chair, is helpful to those who “age on stage.”

President Nelson’s social media post ended by saying that while he may not ski black diamond runs anymore, he’s delighted to speak, whether standing or sitting.

During his address, President Nelson strongly denounced the abuse of any kind after a series of Associated Press articles questioning the church’s response to child sexual abuse was released.

He said abuse is a grievous sin and that, as President of the Church, he affirms the teachings of Jesus Christ on the issue.

“Let me be perfectly clear: any kind of abuse of women, children, or anyone is an abomination to the lord. He grieves, and I grieve whenever anyone is harmed. He mourns, and we all mourn, for each person who has fallen victim to abuse of any kind,” President Nelson said.

He went on to say that those who commit abuse are accountable to man’s laws and God’s wrath.

President Nelson said that for decades the church has taken extensive measures to protect children from abuse and urged people to be alert to anyone in danger and to act quickly to protect them.

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Couple serving mission in London witnesses history as nation mourns their Queen

LONDONAmong the large crowd at Buckingham Palace Friday was a couple serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Steve Bush, who is from Provo, and his wife, Carol, started their mission in May, serving as senior missionaries for the Britannia Single’s Ward in London.

They said after getting to know the joyful people for the last four months, it is evident those they serve are now in mourning.

“They are sad. They really love their Queen,” Carol said. “For most people, this is the only monarch they’ve known their entire life.”

The couple said the mood in the country after news of Her Majesty’s passing broke is unlike anything they have experienced.

Carol had previously been in the United Kingdom for two royal weddings, two royal births, and all three of the Queen’s Jubilees.

She witnessed citizens during those celebratory events and now is observing them during a time of sorrow.

“We had institute last night, and they prayed for the Royal Family and for what they’re going through,” she said.

They witnessed the streets of London transform overnight, with every corner of the city decorated with tributes to Queen Elizabeth II. 

“The English do pomp and circumstance better than anyone. It is just truly amazing what they do with the amount of flags and banners and places that they publish,” Steve said.

They said certain buildings where the Queen would shop, like department store Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly Circus, are also paying tribute in a unique way.

“They blackened all their windows and said in honor of the Queen, we will not have a billboard until after her funeral,” Carol said.

On Friday, the couple witnessed history first-hand as King Charles III greeted the crowds outside Buckingham Palace.

“It was amazing! It was a time of great patriotism. Everybody was rallying around, excited that this is a time for the country to come together,” Steve said.

To witness the transition of a nation and to celebrate Her Majesty’s life and legacy is something they will never forget.

“To be here, to actually be with the people of London to celebrate her, we are happy,” Carol said.

They said the city had also postponed planned events and instead put into action their 10-day funeral plan dubbed Operation London Bridge.

King Charles III will officially be pronounced in a ceremony Saturday, with the coronation at a later date, yet to be announced.

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TOKYO — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has rededicated its longest operating temple in Asia.

President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presided over the rededication in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday.

“This is a great thing for this nation. It is a great thing in the world to have a temple of God. I feel grateful just to be here,” President Eyring said.

The temple was originally dedicated on Oct. 27, 1980, as the 18th temple of the Church.

However, it closed in September 2017 to undergo renovations to its interior and exterior.

A visitor center, chapel, area and missions offices, and a family history center were added to the historic temple, according to the release.

President Eyring was joined by several Church members like Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Both President Eyring and Elder Stevenson have ties to Japan.

“When I come here, I feel like I’m coming home,” President Eyring said.

Elder Stevenson served as a missionary in Japan from 2004 to 2007. He says the country is a part of his “spiritual DNA.”

“We had 19,000 people come to the temple open house,” Elder Stevenson said. “Including many influential people in Japan from government, commerce, education, and religion.”

The refurbished Tokyo Japan Temple is 53,779 square feet with Japanese landscaping and interior esthetics.

The release states that Japan is home to over 130,000 Latter-day Saints.

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History lessons: Are Utahns ‘waking up’ to the Great Salt Lake’s peril?

This article is published through the Great Salt Lake Collaborative, a solutions journalism initiative that partners news, education and media organizations to help inform people about the plight of the Great Salt Lake — and what can be done to make a difference before it is too late. Read all of our stories at greatsaltlakenews.org.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake, already vulnerable to climate fluctuations over the ages, has been “set up to fail” by human impacts, but some of those who are making such assessments nevertheless see hopeful signs in the state’s new enthusiasm to save the vital inland sea.

The lake is known as a terminal lake, meaning it has no outlet and therefore is exposed to major climate-driven changes. In the 1980s, the lake rose 4 meters, causing flooding and even prodding the state to build giant pumps to send the extra water into Utah’s west desert. But now, amid a Western megadrought, the lake is dipping to historic lows, made more significant by upstream diversions and consumption.

“It is normal for a terminal lake to fluctuate, but that makes it easy to excuse what is happening,” said Bonnie Baxter, a Westminster College biology professor who has studied the lake’s biological characteristics and the growing population’s impacts. “Now there really are stark differences and indicators that humans are having an impact on what would be a normal fluctuation.”

However, the deepening lake emergency moved the Utah Legislature this year to create a $40 million program to look at ways to preserve and restore the lake. Baxter, who heads Westminster’s Great Salt Lake Institute, said she sees signs of a groundswell of support for saving the lake.

“I think people are waking up to the fact that it might go away,” Baxter said. One indicator is that more people are realizing the lake has individual importance — the scenery, depicted by amateur artists who now wistfully remember closer shores; hunters prowling the lake’s fringes for generations; workers who see their livelihoods potentially evaporating; sailboat owners whose craft sit idle, unable to launch because there’s not enough water; and so on.

“I’m not a person that is prone to drama; I am motivated by the straightforward science,” Baxter said. “But I am seeing people moved by fear for the lake along the Wasatch Front. I am motivated by that.”

The lake, the eighth largest saline lake in the world, has an estimated $1.5 billion economic value and supports about 10 million waterbirds, of about 250 species.

A 2017 Utah State University study estimated than Utahns every year divert 3.3 trillion liters of water from the rivers and streams that feed the lake.

Baxter and others in academia have traced the Great Salt Lake’s natural and human history, hoping that their work will help to inform the ongoing conversation about the lake’s fate.

“We’ve done this experiment before,” Baxter said, referring to other terminal lakes, like the Aral Sea, that have shrunk by catastrophic degrees. “It starts with water diversions to feed people, to house people, and then you have a time of drought and the lakes are no longer able to bounce back.”

The Great Salt Lake’s geologic history shows a much larger view than the disappearance of the freshwater Lake Bonneville, which lost enormous volume about 15,000 years ago, its remnant being the current stressed saltwater lake. Baxter said that was only the most recent stupendous transformation — over the last 800,000 years, “large lake episodes have been the norm.” Water in the Bonneville basin over geologic time has risen and fallen repeatedly.

In her 2018 study “Great Salt Lake microbiology: a historical perspective,” Baxter describes humans’ impacts on the lake and how the body of water’s nature has been altered by upstream consumption, diversions such as Farmington Bay and Willard Bay, and industry.

Humans likely have been in Utah since the Pleistocene epoch, between 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, the high point of Lake Bonneville, according to Baxter’s manuscript, which in part draws upon the work of numerous scientists and historians.

Lake Bonneville would have given the region’s inhabitants an abundant source of freshwater fish. As the lake changed over time, humans would have moved in tune with the changing shorelines, hunting, fishing, and foraging.

The Fremont native peoples buried their dead during their time around the Great Salt Lake’s wetlands and along the Bear River in the period of 400 to 1000 AD, as shown by anthropology and archeology studies. The Shoshone and Utes lived on the lake’s north side and the Goshutes roamed along the lake’s southern reaches.

In 1824, explorer Jim Bridger floated down the Bear River and into the Great Salt Lake, claiming its modern discovery. But historians have reported that French-Canadian trapper Etienne Provost beat Bridger to the Great Salt Lake by a few months.

The John C. Fremont expedition in 1843 mapped and described the region’s topography, including the lake’s islands — one of which bears his name — and reported on its mineral and biological content. In 1849, civil engineer Howard Stansbury’s team conducted a wider study of the lake’s geography, natural history, minerals, and water chemistry. Stansbury also is immortalized by an island named after him.

The 1847 arrival of the pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints heralded what would become today’s significant population growth and associated human impacts on the lake.

The pioneers noted that the Salt Lake Valley’s geography paralleled the Holy Land’s in the Middle East. According to the church in a 1997 citation, the similarity generated a sense that Salt Lake was a land for a “chosen people, just as the Holy Land was seen as the promised land” in biblical times.

Mineral extraction, agriculture diversions, and shortcuts for the railroad eventually would affect the previously pristine lake as the settlement grew. Minerals obtained today are used for road and softener salt, magnesium chloride for steel production, and potassium sulfate for fertilizer.

Those industries diverted and dammed and created evaporation ponds. Other damming projects created vital bird habitats, but they too diverted water that before would have reached the lake.

The brine shrimp industry began booming in the 1970s, but increasing salinity in the shrinking lake threatens the enterprise. However, Baxter pointed to cooperation between the industry and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to ensure the lake is not overharvested.

With the combination of climate change and assorted human impacts, “Now we’ve got this lake set up to fail,” Baxter said. “But I’m really buoyed by what happened in the Legislature. It was unanimous, bipartisan. There was a lot of lake love going on. It was beautiful.”

She urged people to look at the array of reasons they should care about the lake. “If you don’t care about the migratory birds, you might care about what the dust will do to air quality. We all need to be doing not one thing, but everything we can do to value water getting into this lake.”

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints removes mask requirement in temples

SALT LAKE CITYThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that masks would no longer be required in temples Tuesday.

The church released a statement thanking members for their “patience during restricted temple operations that occurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” and expressed their eagerness to return the temples to full operation as soon as possible.

The statement reads, “Now that more people are immunized, we are pleased to announce that temples throughout the world will gradually return to more normal operations, including the elimination of face masks and capacity restrictions.

Based on local circumstances, the return to normal operations for each temple will be made by the temple presidencies and Area Presidencies in consultation with the Temple Department. Temple presidencies are invited to prepare plans to return temples to full capacity.”

The Church shared their gratitude for “the sacred work performed in temples,” stating, “We trust that our members will rejoice in the lessening of restrictions and will increase their commitment to temple and family history work.”

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ historic sites returning to normal operations

SALT LAKE CITY — All historic sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are returning to normal operations.

Church officials made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. Among the sites returning to normal operations are five in Utah: the Beehive House, in Salt Lake City; Cove Fort, in central Utah; and the Brigham Young Winter Home, St. George Tabernacle and Hamblin Home in southern Utah.

The Church also operates historic sites in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Among other Church functions that have begun or completed phases of reopening include Deseret Industry stores, which are open and patrons can make unscheduled donations; the Family History Library, which has expanded its days of operation; and Church distribution retail stores and Deseret Book locations, which are following local government and health official guidelines.

Youth camps, conferences and treks, and pageants remain postponed or closed to the public. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is gradually returning to its schedule of rehearsals and broadcasts with a COVID-19 protocol plan in place, but audiences are not invited to join them at this time.

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Family History Library extending hours in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City is adding additional hours to its schedule as it moves into Phase 2 reopening plans.

The change is all part of the phased reopening of Temple Square, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to Church officials, the library will be adding Saturdays to their normal operating hours beginning Nov. 6.

That means the Family History Library, located on 35 North and West Temple Street, will now be open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“No reservations needed unless group is over 20 or a room is required,” read the FamilySearch website.

Officials said the library is tentatively scheduled to open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, but by appointment only.

“Evening access will be limited to main floor services unless otherwise requested. Individuals, and youth, church, and genealogical groups will be able to make appointments,” the website stated.

That change is scheduled to take effect the week of Nov. 15.

Details about the other buildings open to visitors in Temple Square can be viewed here.

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Salt Lake City Could Make History By Electing Its First Latina Mayor

(CNN) — As a high school graduate, Luz Escamilla moved to Salt Lake City from Mexico seeking the American dream. She wanted to become an entrepreneur, but seeing students of color struggle pushed her to do more.

Now, she’s running to become the city’s first Latina mayor.

Escamilla, 41, has spent the last weeks of her campaign facing her opponent in numerous debates, responding to questions about her faith and knocking on doors in the city’s west side — a traditionally underrepresented area that she calls home.

“It wasn’t planned at all,” Escamilla said about her career in politics. “I needed to react according to the needs that I was facing in my community.”

She learned about those needs while serving as a Democratic state senator in Utah for more than a decade and by helping small businesses as an executive for Utah-based Zions Bank. Escamilla has championed minorities since her student days at the University of Utah, when she realized she was the only person with black hair sitting in a freshman philosophy class. She tutored immigrant students in English.

“I was learning how many disparities there were, how much the ZIP code where you were living was determining the abilities of a child to succeed in school or not,” Escamilla said. “I started thinking, ‘This is not okay, what can I do to change that?”

Latinos are the largest minority in the state and they are 20% of Salt Lake City’s roughly 200,000 residents, according to the latest US Census statistics. Other Latinas are involved in state and local politics, but none has led Utah’s capital city.

She and her opponent, Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall, 39, are both Democrats. They were the top candidates who moved to the general election after the primary in August. The state is largely dominated by Republicans but the city has elected Democratic mayors for decades.

Mendenhall has extensive experience in city government and has a similar platform than Escamilla.

The first Mexican immigrant elected state senator

Escamilla was born in Mexico City but her family moved around the country before settling in the border city of Tijuana. Her parents, both engineers, showed her since an early age that getting an education was a priority.

For two years, Escamilla and her brother crossed the border every day to attend high school in San Diego. When she graduated, she moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah. She hardly knew anyone and she missed her family, but she knew she had to stay focused.

“I really felt this sense of responsibility,” Escamilla said. “My parents were working hard to give me this opportunity.”

She had her mind set on becoming a business owner and maybe returning to the US-Mexico border. But she fell in love with the city and became involved with advocacy.

Over the past 22 years, Escamilla became a US citizen and worked in the non-profit sector and as a health policy analyst before fully turning her eyes to governance.

After earning her master’s degree in public administration and leading the state’s Office of Ethnic Affairs, she was elected to the Utah state senate in 2008. She was the first Latina and the first immigrant in the state’s senate.

Olga de la Cruz, an entrepreneur and former mayor candidate in nearby Midvale City, said that historically few Latinos have sought public office in Utah.

“She is already breaking a lot of barriers and continues to be a role model for other Latinos considering to run for office,” she said.

She doesn’t want her religion to take center stage

A more personal side of Escamilla has been put into question during her campaign: her faith.

Escamilla, who is married and has six children between her and her husband, is member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In recent months, critics have suggested her decisions could be influenced by faith leaders. The church is headquartered in Salt Lake City.

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, in a Facebook post n August, said Escamilla seemed “willing to do the bidding of the church, the developers, and the bank where she has been employed.”

Escamilla has dismissed the attacks, saying that she has “voted for and against bills contrary to the LDS Church’s position” during her time as a state senator.

“I have always been and will always be an independent voice for the people I represent,” she wrote in a blog post addressing the criticism.

More than three decades have passed since the city had a mayor who belonged to the church. Mayor Ted Wilson, also a Democrat, served from 1976 to 1985.

One of her top issues is clean air

Escamilla said there’s not enough collaboration between local and state officials in key issues for the city, but she’s confident she can build consensus.

If elected, she wants to address issues like affordable housing, sustainability and improving air quality. She hopes that her vision combined with her experience in the Legislature will resonate across Salt Lake City.

Many of Escamilla’s priorities are focused on building a better future for the city and its younger residents.

“My 3-year-old has asthma and I developed asthma in the past five years. It’s pretty personal when you see your children sick,” Escamilla said.

Her daughter has been forced to take medication during the winter months and sometimes struggles with a cough when she runs.

To reduce air pollution, Escamilla is focusing on transportation. She’s pushing for more mass transit usage, alternative modes of transportation and making neighborhoods more walkable.

“I want (my daughter) to have the quality of life that I’ve enjoyed in Salt Lake City, ” Escamilla said, “and I’m fighting hard to improve the air quality for her.”

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Up Close with Dan Rascon

AUCKLAND, New ZealandA former Brigham Young University student is putting high-tech into the world of ancient history by mixing a little magic, art, culture and technology.

The creation may seem like something out of “Harry Potter” — where the artwork comes alive and talks to people.

But that’s exactly what Jesse Armstrong is creating with his storytelling tech company Vaka Interactive.

Armstrong said that it’s all about bringing stories to life through the talking artwork.

His goal is to bring new life to museums who are wanting people to linger longer.

“We develop storytelling technology for museums, art galleries and others to bring stories to life to truly awaken the power of a story,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong and his team got the idea after sitting at a museum observing people for hours.

“We realized very quickly because there was a lack of storytelling in that space to connect people with an understanding of what they were looking at,” he said.

Jesse is a former BYU student who dropped out of college to pursue his dream in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand. KSL’s Dan Rascon caught up with him during his trip to the South Pacific Islands covering President Russel M. Nelson’s ministry tour with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I love it. Every single day I wake up and it’s the first thing I think about,” Armstrong said about his tech company.

The process is not an easy one — in fact, it is years in the making. The team can either bring to live a historical figure on canvas or put a living person on the screen.

“For example, if we use a person living today we can bring them in, scan them in 3D and effectively use software to make that 3D model of them look like a painted figure and bring that figure to life and make them talk,” Armstrong said.

The other idea they are working on is to have a virtual tour guide which would have the person jump from portrait to portrait, following visitors to talk to them about what they are seeing.

Armstrong’s ultimate dream is to one day get the portrait to have a two-way conversation with people. Right now he’s working with several prestigious museums in his country to get his business up and running.

“My team and I, we are totally sold on what we are doing,” he said.

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General Conference

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The 189th Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrapped up today after a weekend of messages to its members.

In the afternoon session of Conference, Church President Russell M. Nelson announced new renovations to historic temples and new temples to be built.

President Nelson said the Salt Lake Temple along with Temple Square and the surrounding area will undergo renovations. He said the St. George Temple, Manti Temple, and Logan Temple will also be renovated.

Plans for of the Salt Lake Temple, Temple Square, and the adjoining plaza near the Church Office Building will be announced on Friday, April 19, 2019, according to President Nelson.

The work will require each temple be closed for a period of time, and then rededicated once the renovations are finished.

“Ours is a sacred responsibility to care for them. Therefore, these pioneer temples will soon undergo a period of renewal and refreshing, and, for some, a major restoration. Efforts will be made to preserve the unique historicity of each temple wherever possible, preserving the inspiring beauty and unique craftsmanship of generations long-since passed,” President Nelson said.

Before announcing the new temples, President Nelson asked the attendees to listen “carefully and reverently”.

“Brothers and sisters, we regard a temple as the most sacred structure in the Church. Aswe announce plans to construct a new temple, it becomes part of our sacred history,” President Nelson said.

The new temples will be built in Pagopago, American Samoa; Okinawa City, Okinawa; Neiafu, Tonga; Tooele Valley, Utah; Moses Lake, Washington; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Budapest, Hungary; and Antofagasta, Chile.




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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Tens of thousands of people will be attending the April 2019 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and millions more will be watching from around the globe.

The morning session begins at 10 a.m., and the afternoon session begins at 2 p.m. Watch on KSL 5 TV, at KSLTV.com, or on the KSLTV app.

This article will be updated throughout Saturday’s morning and afternoon sessions. Updates are in chronological order, so the newest additions will be at the bottom. Refresh for the latest news.


Elder Ulisses Soares: Teachings Will Transform Hearts

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was the first to the podium, speaking on the desire to learn knowledge and increase faith.

He said striving to learn from and live like Jesus Christ will bring a happier, healthier life.

That includes compassion for those who have left the Church, Soares said.

“Be their friends and look for the good in them,” he said. “Never reject or misjudge them. Just love.”

Sister Becky Craven: Are You Careful Or Casual?

Sister Becky Craven, Second Counselor of the Young Women General Presidency, spoke about being careful or casual in the path to righteousness.

The world is full of distractions, Craven said, and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need to ask themselves if they are careful or casual when it comes to their standards.

“There is not a right way to do the wrong thing,” she said.

She noted members need to keep their covenants as they live their lives, but don’t judge those who are on the same journey.

Elder Brook P. Hales: Answered Prayers

Elder Brook P. Hales of the Seventy shared stories about how the faithful, who adhere to their covenants, are privy to divine guidance through the Holy Ghost.

Hales gave examples of how prayers are answered, often in ways unseen. He said the Lord answers prayers perfectly in his infinite wisdom to the divine benefit of the person, whether that person realizes it or not.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Share Your Faith With Others

Dieter F. Uchtdorf Quorum of the Twelve Apostles began his talk by noting that the number of Christians around the world is shrinking, and fewer people are receiving the light of God.

He offered five steps to take to successfully share the gospel in daily life:

  1. Draw close to God.
  2. Fill your heart with love for others.
  3. Strive to walk the path of discipleship.
  4. Share what is in your heart.
  5. Trust the Lord to work his miracles.

“Heavenly Father knows you,” he said. “The Lord loves you. God will bless you. This work is ordained of Him. You can do this. We can all do this together.”

Bishop W. Christopher Waddell: Ministering To Those In Need

Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, began with a story about his brother, who died of cancer, who found his way back to the Church before he died.

“It isn’t necessary for someone to be suffering, like my brother, from a life-threatening disease in order to be in need of ministering service,” he said. “Those needs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and conditions.”

He said that “no one is too far gone” to receive the Savior’s loving reach.

President Henry B. Eyring: Invite the Spirit Into the Family

President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor of the First Presidency, spoke about building faith in Jesus Christ and how that will reverse spiritual decline in families.

It’s that faith that is more likely to bring repentance than preaching against the symptoms of spiritual decline, he said.

“The pure love of Christ must come into the hearts of those in our family,” Eyring said.


President M. Russell Ballard: Live the Teachings of Christ

M. Russell Ballard, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, reminded members that God wants His children to have peace and happiness. That peace and happiness can be found through serving the Lord and our neighbors.

“We minister because we love our Heavenly Father and His children,” Ballard said.

He added that ministering efforts will be successful if the ministering is kept simple.

Elder Mathias Held: Find Truth Through the Rational Mind and Still Small Voice

Elder Mathias Held of the Seventy spoke of receiving light and understanding through both logical reasoning and through the Holy Ghost.

Held compared rational logic and the Still Small Voice to the left and right eyes — using both eyes together give the “true and complete picture.”

Elder Neil L. Andersen: Perspective of Truth

Elder Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, noted that there are universal truths that are the same for everyone.

Some truths, he said, humans may not understand because they don’t have the correct perspective.

Andersen spoke of the Proclamation to the World and how members can’t pick and choose which parts of it they accept based on their single perspective.

Elder Takashi Wada: Spiritual Feast

The words of Christ are a feast, said Elder Takashi Wada of the Seventy.

Like a feast of food, feasting on the scriptures should bring joy, he said.

“The words of Christ can help us increase our spiritual capacity to receive revelation and safely guide us through life,” Wada said.

He spoke of the “pleasing word of God in the scriptures” that helps give us strength and know who we are.

Elder David P. Homer: Which Voice Guides Us?

David P. Homer of the Seventy noted that there are many voices saying many things in this day and age, and it can be difficult filtering those voices and choosing which to obey.

Homer said that the more diligently His children seek His voice, the easier it is for them to hear the Lord.

Heavenly Father’s voice can be found in prayer, scripture study, church, faithful discussions and in the temple.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: The Importance of Sacrament Meeting

Beginning with the ancient sacrifice of the lambs commanded to Adam and Eve, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, told of the evolution of the sacrament and what it means today.

He said the modified Church schedule is to put an emphasis on the importance of the sacrament.

Holland called for the sacred hour to be an hour of punctuality and peace, with a focus on the sacrament. He advised congregation members and church leaders alike refrain from actions that might detract from sacrament meeting.

“This hour ordained of the Lord is the most sacred hour of our week,” he said.



Elder Dale G. Renlund: Abound With Blessings

We should liken heavenly blessings to a huge pile of wood, said Elder Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said . Kindling, sticks, small logs, and huge logs contain an enormous amount of fuel. Envision a single match with a phosphorus tip. The match needs to be struck, and the kindling lit. The kindling will catch fire and cause the other pieces to burn. It continues until all the pile is burned. Until the match is struck, nothing happens, regardless of the size of the wood pile. In a similar way, most blessings require action on our part. That action is faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. The required action is always tiny when compared with the blessings received.  “We must act on our faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ to be blessed,” he said. You don’t earn a blessing. But you do have to qualify for it. Our salvation comes only through Jesus Christ.

One of the objects of prayer is to secure blessings God is willing to grant, but depends on our willingness to ask, Renlund said. “I invite you to faithfully activate heavenly power to receive specific blessings from God. Exercise faith to strike the match and light the fire. Supply the needed oxygen while you patiently wait on the Lord.”

Sister Sharon Eubank: Christ the Light that Shines in Darkness

Jesus Christ is the life and light of the world, without a strong connection, we spiritually die, said Sister Sharon Eubank,  first counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society. Satan works to dim our light, leaving us alone in the dark. Satan works to isolate us and tell us we’re the only ones experiencing them. “I know many of you run very, very fast,” she said. “Part of out life experience is knowing what not to do… Christ is rest.” Some of us feel like we don’t fit the mold, she said. Christ reached out to people who weren’t traditionally accepted in society. “It’s an unwavering requirement of Christian disciples and Latter-day Saints to show true love to one another.” Some of us feel that we can never be good enough. “The miracle of His grace is that when we repent of our sins, His scarlet blood returns us to purity.”


The key is to make and keep sacred covenants. Make Christ the center of your life, Eubank said. Turn to Jesus Christ who loves you still.

Elder Quentin L. Cook: Great Love For Our Father’s Children

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said this is a unique time in history before the Second Coming of the Savior. Charity includes God’s eternal love for all of his children. “Love of the Savior and love our fellow men and women is the primary attribute and motive for ministering and the spiritual purposes we were charged to undertake by our beloved prophet,” he said. Love was essential to missionary work in our day, just as it has always been. Most missionaries feel this kind of love, and when they do, their efforts are blessed. When it comes to gathering Israel we need to be motivated by love, Cook said. “What is needed is a loving, compassionate, spiritual commitment by each of us men, women, youth and children to share the gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said. If we show love, kindness and humility, many will accept our invitations.


Lovingly performing ordinances for ancestors will protect youth and families, he said. Make social media a servant, not a master. As parents we need to make sure media content is wholesome and age appropriate.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson: Prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord

“The Resurrection confirms the divinity of Jesus Christ and the reality of God, the father. Our thoughts turn to the Savior and we ponder … the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice,”said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “I hope we also anticipate his return.” Let us do all we can to relieve suffering now, and to the preparations when Christ shall rein personally upon the Earth. “It will be a day of redemption and judgement,” he said. “Crucial for the Lord’s return is the presence on the earth of a people prepared to receive Him at His coming.”


Unity, godliness and charity built up Zion. We want to know about the Lord, and we want to know the Lord, Christofferson said. “It is the Lord’s work, and He is doing it.”

Elder Tad R. Callister: The Atonement of Jesus Christ

The atonement of Christ is a series of events, said Elder Tad R. Callister, general president of the Sunday School. The Savior overcame death with his glorious resurrection. He overcame sin for all those who repent. “It is an infinite Atonement because it encompasses and circumscribes every sin and weakness, as well as every abuse or pain caused by others.” If we feel the spirit, that is our witness that we have been forgiven, or the cleansing power is taking place. The memory of guilt can be a warning, he said. “It serves as a protection, not a punishment.” When we repent we are born of God. “I am a new, and transformed being.” The Savior can take away or give strength in afflictions.

President Russell M. Nelson: “Come, Follow Me”

President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Russell M. Nelson spoke about his last conversation with his daughter before her death. “You have brought me much joy,” he told her. “We miss our daughter greatly. However, because of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, we do not worry about her … Meanwhile, we’re serving the Lord here and she is serving Him there, in paradise.” President Nelson spoke about death. “In that coming day, when you will complete your mortal probation and enter the spirit world, you will be brought face-to-faith with a heart-wrenching question, Where is my family?” Salvation is an individual matter, but exaltation is a family matter, he said. We qualify by making and keeping covenants with God, President Nelson said.


The Savior invites all to follow him to the waters of baptism, and to the temple for sacred ordinances, he said. All of these are required to be together as a family, said President Nelson. “The anguish of my heart is that many people whom I love, whom I admire and respect, decline His invitation. They ignore the pleadings of Jesus Christ when he beckons, ‘Come, follow me.’” Pour out your heart to God, he said, ask him if these things are true. “If you truly love your family…pay the price now through serious study and fervent prayer to know these eternal truths, and then to abide by them.” Put yourself in a position to have experiences with God. “Jesus Christ invites us to take the covenant path back to our Heavenly Parents.”

“Do the spiritual work to find out for yourselves, and please do it now. Time is running out.”



President Dallin H. Oaks

Sins can be forgiven because of the Atonement, said President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency. The atonement opens the door for all men to repent.

My message is one of hope for all of us, he said. “We are all sinners who can be cleansed by repentance.” He described repentance as a joy, not a burden. It is a never-ending privilege, he said. Man cannot be saved without repentance.

As we love god with all our might, mind, and strength, then we may be perfect in Christ. “What a promise! What a miracle! What a blessing!”

The scriptures describe the final judgment. “All things should be restored to their proper order.” We must repent before the final judgment. “God love us, and we can be cleansed of our sins.”

Elder Juan Pablo Villar: Exercising Our Spiritual Gifts

Elder Jaun Pabol Villar of the Quorum of the Seventy, said spiritual muscles need to be exercised to grow. Principles of action need exercise.

He shared a story about visiting his brother on his mission before he was a member of the Church. His brother took him on all of his appointments that day, and it taught him the Gospel. Months later, he was baptized and served a mission.

“He helped me to accept the invitation of the Master, ‘Come Follow Me,'” he said.


“If we want to increase our faith, then let’s do things that require faith,” Villar said.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve spoke about the Good Shepherd, who is also the Lamb of God. “Who better to be our Good Shepherd than the Lamb of God?”

Jesus had power to lay down his life, and power to take it up again. Jesus Christ calls us in his voice, and his name. He teaches us how to minister and love.

“Our Savior reaches out to the one and to the ninety-and-nine, often at the same time,” he said.


“Today, our Savior desires that what we do and who we are becoming will invite others to come follow Him.”

Elder David A. Bednar: Prepared to Receive Every Needful Thing

We should ask in our church meetings what we learned in our homes, said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Our personal responsibility is to learn what we need to learn, and to become who the Master would have us become. Our homes are the ultimate setting for learning, living, and becoming.

“The ultimate responsibility for developing spiritual strength and stamina rests upon each one of us,” he said.

He said each individual needs to gain knowledge for himself or herself. “We cannot rely exclusively upon or borrow gospel light and knowledge from other people — even those whom we love and trust.”

Because we love the Lord, we always should speak about his Holy House with reverence. The temple is the house of the Lord. Everything points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ, he said.


Elder Kyle S. McKay: The Immediate Goodness of God

The Lord’s timing is different than ours. Patience is key, Elder Kyle S. McKay of the Seventy said.

“The immediate goodness of God comes to all who call upon Him with real intent. … This includes those who cry out in earnest desperation when deliverance seems so distant and suffering prolonged,” he said.

He shared the story who overcame addiction through prayer and the spirit. He also shared a story about a mother who lost a son in a snowmobile accident, and was strengthened by a Priesthood blessing, and by the spirit.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband: Build a Fortress of Spirituality and Protection

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged participants to go home and ponder the words heard in General Conference.

“Our homes are fortresses against the evils of the world,” he said.

Remember, our homes are only as powerful as the spiritual strength of each one of us within the walls, he said. “We are at war with Satan for the souls of men.”

“When we build a fortress of spiritual strength, we can shun the advances of the adversary, turn our backs on him, and feel the peace of the Spirit,” Rasband said.


We should have integrity in all that we do. As we strengthen our fortifications, we become like Jesus Christ.

President Russell M. Nelson

We have 162 temples, Nelson said. Early temples are a crowning jewel of pioneer achievement. These pioneer temples will go through a period of renewal and refreshing, and for some a major restoration. We regard a temple as the most sacred structure in the church.

New temple sites announced:

Pago Pago, American Samoa

Okinawa City Neiafu, Tonga

Tooele Valley, Utah

Moses Lake, Washington

San Pedrosula, Honduras

Antofagasta, Chile

Budapest, Hungary


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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The 189th Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is happening Saturday and Sunday.

KSL 5 TV has a full two days of documentaries that are airing between sessions of Conference. We will be airing these on television, on the KSL TV app and streaming on staging.ksltv.com.

Here is the two-day programming guide.

Saturday April 6, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – History of the Saints: The Mary Fielding Story

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – 189th Annual morning session of General Conference

12:00 to 12:30 p.m. – Service and Sacrifice: The Brent Taylor Story

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – World Report

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Return to the Other Side of Heaven

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – 189th Annual afternoon session General Conference

4:00 to 5:00 p.m. – A Site to See: Behind the Scenes at Temple Square

Sunday April 7, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Rising Generation

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Music and the Spoken Word

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – 189th Annual session General Conference

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Rome Italy Temple: A New Light in the Eternal City

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Go Forth

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Amish Latter-day Saints: A Journey of Discovery

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – 189th Annual afternoon session of General Conference

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Kids in Kenya

4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Lost in India

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utahns know President Henry B. Eyring as a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They likely don’t realize he’s also a prolific artist. A collection of his watercolors is now on display and the focus is on remembering.

President Henry B. Eyring took KSL TV on a personal tour of the exhibition in the Church History Museum.

“These are all family. My son, my sweetheart – this is my wife when she was a little girl…”

We walked from the portraits to a painting of baseball players.

“This is childhood for me. I was a little boy in New Jersey and actually went once to the ballpark. One time and Joe DiMaggio hit one out into center field. The one time I was there!”

The paintings are deeply personal moments in his life. I asked him if some were actually romantic memories.

“Always times where I was somewhere with Kathy, not that I did it on scene, but I tried to do it from photographs later to capture time, so all of these are… this is England, you can tell that’s Scotland. Kathy and I went from the top of Scotland down on a drive, I have forgotten why we were there… these are the Cotswolds where everyone wants to go.”

He does not consider himself an artist, and he did not begin painting until he was a husband and father, visiting Hawaii on vacation with his family.

“I hurt my back surfing, and, so, I had no way I can keep surfing, I had to do something. So, what I did is I went into town and got some watercolors. I did my first watercolors sitting in the van while they were at the sandy beach.”

The exhibition also includes his sketchbooks, some are journals with drawings and some are watercolors that he did as ‘thank you’ notes during his Church assignments.

“When I was going to take conferences, I would always take onto the plane my watercolor set and then on the way back, I would try to do a scene for the people that I had stayed with in their home. And then I sent it as a ‘thank you’ card, but there are a whole bunch of them that we had asked, ‘can we borrow it back?’ (for the show), thank you notes that I sent. And so that’s the only time that I really carried a set with me.”

And a video that captures the artistic process… “I can’t do it unless I have something I care about and so, I pray. I can’t do a picture just to do a nice picture.”

President Eyring may have started painting just a few decades ago, but he is prolific.

The Church History Museum curator, Laura Hurtado, looked through a thousand watercolors to create this exhibition and found a recurring theme.

“The seven themes in the show were themes that we saw, so we tried to make sense of the thousand or so by creating categories within. I talked to him, because I felt like in the process of remembering, what you gain from that is a gratitude for those moments. And I posed that question to him, I said, ‘It feels so grateful, that gratitude is the theme and he said, ‘Oh, no, no, it’s much deeper than that, it’s love.’”

Besides his family, his faith brings President Eyring to tears.

“This, of course, was just my thought of what it might have looked like with the prophet Joseph coming out of the grove.”

We walked up to another area in the gallery and President Eyring became emotional, “Oh, Kathy, oh boy. And we have two daughters. We had five children, three boys, and then along came two little girls. And I had to learn to be a whole other kind of father, because they’re different.”

He shared very tender moments of nostalgia with us, especially about his wife.

“And there’s sweet Kathy. And it’s not a great painting, but, boy, it gets me, you know, because it’s the way they really looked.”

And we came to another one.

“This is a little hard for me. That’s Kathy. Her parents had a cabin at Tahoe. And when she was a little girl, they had a green row boat. And she would go out on Lake Tahoe…”

President Eyring loves the transparency of watercolors and the light that comes through the brush strokes and the image.

“Light is a big part of why, it’s the feelings you get are almost always about light and watercolor, what you do is transparent, and therefore, if you, if you put some dark near it, it brings in white light pops out. And you can do something with watercolor. These paintings are not a message so much as a memory. They are a way to take me or the people I love back to a time that was a sweet time.”

Like one, of a sailing vessel, carrying his great-grandfather and his sister to America and a new faith.

“I went to the trouble of getting from history the exact rigging of a boat that my great-grandfather and his sister, as orphans, sailed out of Bremerhaven to the United States, not knowing why they felt the need to come to America. Of course, it was because they found the church, but I painted this for a family home evening one night. If you want what are we talking about here? So I said family education. I painted it so there is a little break in the clouds and the two of those little orphans are on the deck. And the lesson I taught is the Lord is watching over you no matter how lonely you may feel.”

Henry Eyring believes in the importance of looking back and preserving those memories. He says with them, the joy returns.

A Visual Journal: The Artwork of Henry B. Eyring opens Friday and will run through January 21, at the Church History Museum in downtown Salt Lake.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Announces Changes to Pageants

MANTI, Utah – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is calling an end to pageants including the popular Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti.

The final performance will run in June 2019 on the temple grounds.

“It’s really important to our community. It’s important to our youth, it’s important to our families,” said Doug Barton, the former pageant president.

The Mormon Miracle pageant started as a Pioneer Day Celebration that expanded into a major production drawing people from across the state and around the world.

“If no one came to see the pageant it would still be worth doing because of the impact on the lives of the people that participate in it,” said Barton.

The Church estimates nearly 5 million people have enjoyed the production in its five decades.

Each year the performance draws at least 80-thousand people in a two week span.
But in the last 15 years, total attendance has dropped by 40 percent.

“Our society is changing. Our attention spans are shorter,” said current Pageant President Milton Olsen. “And the pageant has existed for 53 years and has really not changed for 53 years, so it doesn’t connect with people the way it used to.”

Security, production expenses and the amount of time it takes for families to participate are all concerns, local church leaders say factored into the decision.

The team behind the pageant hopes it can be revived at a different venue, saying so much work has gone into the live theatrical performance.

The church released this statement:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing across the earth. As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals and families. The goal of every activity in the Church should be to increase faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to share His gospel message throughout the world. Local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate. Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged. As it relates to existing pageants, conversations with local Church and community leaders are underway to appropriately end, modify or continue these productions.”

The pageant president expects 2019 to be a banner year for the production as it nears its final scene.

“This will be the last chance to see it. The way that it is,” Barton said.

Local church leaders say they’ve been asked to consider in the next few weeks if and how the pageant will move forward.

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Women Behind ‘Jane And Emma’ Reflect On Bringing History To Life

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Two days before the Utah premiere of the film, “Jane and Emma,” the two women whose vision for the project brought it to fruition met KSL TV at This Is the Place Heritage Park, where some of the film was shot.

Director Chantelle Squires was excited about the project from the beginning.

“The fact that we were going to be able to tell a story through their voices?” she said of bringing the lives of Emma Smith and Jane Manning to the screen. “Sign me up!”

Jane and Emma” explores the relationship between Emma, the wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and Jane, an early convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between women of different races and circumstances.

Screenwriter Melissa Leilani Larson said creating the story from the two women’s journals and historic writings was a two-year process.

“It is historical fiction,” she said. “… Usually in a history those kinds of things are a line or two in a book, but you rarely are going to have whole conversations. So it was up to me to decide the voices of these two women.”

What drove this storytelling was the unique situation of their relationship.

“It’s unexpected for the time period to be looking at a black woman and white woman and their friendship and to just see them on equal footing, on equal ground,” Larson said.

The story of the film takes place the day after Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were murdered in Carthage Jail, June 28, 1844. At the Mansion House in Nauvoo, Emma fears a mob will steal Joseph’s body, and Jane stays with her to guard it.

“(For Jane) being rejected for the color of her skin, there’s nothing she could do to change that,” Squires said. “So Emma, going through everything that she went through, especially on the night after her husband’s death, they were both elevated to this equal place of pain.”

Timing can be everything with a movie. The women behind “Jane and Emma” say, from the beginning, this was a film created by women, about women and for women. It’s about letting the voices of 19th century women be heard today.

“It’s the story of two really strong women,” Squires said, “… the relationship that they have with each other and also with God.”

The creative team hopes this universal message of friendship will appeal to audiences beyond their faith.

Squires said she believes that heartfelt feelings of faith are universal.

“There’s a moment in the film where Jane is crying at God,” she said. “I think that experience has happened for a lot of people.”

Larson said they did not start this project with only one audience in mind.

“These two women happen to be Latter-day Saints, and they happen to be in Nauvoo at a time that’s crucial to Latter-day Saint history,” she said. “But it’s not a propaganda piece. It’s not about preaching to people. It’s about these two women and their relationship.”

Jane and Emma” opened Friday in theaters statewide from Logan to St. George.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched a new book that focuses and addresses the church’s early history. It was the first time an official history of the church has been published since 1930.

The 700-page book was called “Saints,” and focuses on the Church’s history from 1815-1846.

“It’s for the rising generation, but it is for all members of the church. We hope that individuals who have questions about Church history will read these volumes and learn more about out story,” said Elder Steven E. Snow, church historian and recorder.

Elder Snow has overseen the effort to research and publish the book over the last five years. He said it was written in a narrative style to attract the interest of younger readers.

For those with an interest in the faith’s history, church historians called the project a landmark effort.

“The Church has published two multi-volume histories in the past. It has been almost 90 years since we have done that, and so much has changed in the church in the past 90 years,” said Matthew Grow, of the Church History Department.

The first volume of “Saints” focuses on the church’s early history from 1815 through the Nauvoo era of 1846. Subsequent volumes planned in years to come will include the arrival of the Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley, followed by the church’s worldwide expansion.

The final volume will include church’s history up to the present day, focusing on the faith of Latter-day Saints around the world.

“(It will focus on) how this Church really is global in nature. To ignore that history and to focus on a narrow portion of the Church would be incorrect and incomplete,” said Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Church officials said the book has been peer reviewed by academic scholars and does address controversial moments in the faith’s history.

Elders Dale G. Renlund and Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

“We want a transparent history, but we want it in context of the people who were living it and who had the great blessings of being early members of the church, who left their words and much of it is faith promoting and will bless people in a wonderful way,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook, also of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

“Those who have been bothered by one thread can see the context of that thread and they can get the whole truth as it is there, the whole historical experience with which to judge. Some will likely remain with questions. That is not a problem, but at least we have done everything we can do to get the historical truth in front of people,” Elder Renlund added.

The book was available online free of charge at saints.lds.org and is being published initially in 14 languages.

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RootsTech features many DNA companies, helping people better understand their family history

SALT LAKE CITY — As thousands of visitors are in downtown Salt Lake City this week for the annual RootsTech convention, there is growing interest in the role that DNA is playing to better help people research their roots. And through a simple saliva sample, Lehi based Ancestry, can now connect you to 350 regions around the world.

“You are essentially a living walking record of the ancestors that came before you, we are taking that DNA and matching you to other people,” said Anna Swayne, a DNA spokesperson with Ancestry.

In one year, the Ancestry database has more than doubled from three million to now seven million individual profiles.

“Sometimes you are that person, you are the missing link for somebody else to find out, ‘wow, this really is my ancestry’ and you couldn’t do that unless you unlocked this technology of DNA testing, the science and technology coming together,” Swayne added.

Other DNA testing companies are marketing their products at RootsTech. Some offer even more specific data, through additional layers of DNA testing.

“What happened to a grandparent or great-grandparent versus what happened 500 years ago through a migration across the Atlantic or something like that,” said Robin Smith, with the California company, 23 and Me. “So there is a geographic element, but also a time element and that is something that our product really tries to get at.” 

All agree that DNA testing is becoming a powerful solution to break through brick walls or bridge gaps, when historic records are unable to connect families.

“It is an ongoing experience and whether you tested yesterday or two years ago, as the database updates you’ll be able to find new connections and new cousins and unlock new discoveries,” said Swayne.

RootsTech continues Friday and Saturday, it is “Family Discovery Day,” a free event that will include an address from President Dallin H. Oaks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1 p.m.


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Mary Fielding Smith: Mother of Apostles and Prophets

Mary Fielding Smith

History of the Saints presents the story of Mary Fielding Smith. From her birth and upbringing in rural England, through her conversion and gathering with the Saints, to her marriage to Hyrum Smith and subsequent grief at his martyrdom. The story culminates in her unusual struggle to cross the plains and establish her own independence on a small farm in East Millcreek in the Salt Lake Valley. Mary saw herself as merely doing her duty. Today, she is seen as so much more.

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SALT LAKE CITY — KSL TV has produced a weekend of special programming for the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday and Sunday.

The programming includes several original documentaries that you’ll see only on KSL TV.

Saturday, Oct. 1

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. — History of the Saints (new documentary)

The Prophet Joseph Smith declared, “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” Therefore, the more we can learn of it and about it, the greater will be our advantage. This History of the Saints special presentation is the scholars of the Joseph Smith papers explaining the story of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon. It is a fascinating history.

10 a.m. – noon — Saturday Morning Session

Noon – 12:30 p.m. — I Am: The Journey (new documentary)

Several performers and artist from the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community unite to celebrate diversity, art, and the divinity in each of us. A cultural experience that showcases the talents of people from many different backgrounds and provides insight into the solidarity and connection we can feel as a human family.

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.The Indy Effect (replay)

Influencer and blogger Terah Belle Jones broke the news to her Instagram followers that her 5-year-old daughter Indy Llew Jones had passed away following a battle with cancer. Terah and her husband, Brian Jones, have shared Indy’s journey with their 260,000 Instagram followers. Indy was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare disorder that can progress into leukemia. Her cancer went into remission twice, but in April 2021 her mom confirmed that Indy’s cancer had returned and there wasn’t much more they could do. In the weeks that followed, the family of four brought Indy home from the hospital and cherished every moment together, including celebrating her fifth birthday. “I have never known this kind of pain, but I’ve also never known this kind of triumph,” she wrote. “My Indy Llew has changed the world.” The effect Indy has left behind has been enormous. People around the globe have been touched by her incredible spirit and journey.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. — October 2022 World Report

The October 2022 World Report, a biannual compilation of news from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, features rededicated historical temples in Washington, D.C., and Tokyo, and President Russell M. Nelson marking the announcements of the construction of 100 new temples over the last four years.

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles ministry took Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf to Poland where he ministered to Ukrainian refugees. Elder David A. Bednar addressed the National Press Club — the first time the organization was addressed by a Church leader since President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke to the journalists in 2000.

The World Report also documents the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ historic contribution of $32 million to the World Food Programme to feed more than 1.6 million people facing extreme hunger. The Church is also supporting global efforts to improve educational opportunities for children and many other initiatives.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. — Saturday Afternoon Session

4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — A More Perfect Union (new documentary)

We are the United State of America but today our divisions seem to run deep. Many people from across the political spectrum believe the Constitution is in crisis. From our rights and responsibilities to the guiding principles of the Constitution, join us as we seek understanding in order to form a more perfect union.

4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.Deserae Turner: Tougher Than a Bullet (replay)

On February 16, 2017, Fourteen-year-old Deserae Turner’s life forever changed. The talented state-champion horse rider was shot in the head and left for dead in a canal in Smithfield. She laid in that cold wintery canal for 8 hours before being found by her schoolteacher. Her body temperature at the time was 78 degrees and she was not expected to survive. Today Deserae is beating the odds and thriving in miraculous ways. After spending 63 days at Primary Children’s hospital she told the media “I’m tougher than a bullet.” Her comeback story of faith, courage, and determination has allowed her to fulfil her dreams. She has been an inspiration to thousands of people along the way.

5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — KSL 5 News

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Saturday Evening Session

7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Found (replay)

Abandoned at a young age, some of Diane Call’s earliest memories still haunt her. She was born in a small village in India—her name was Vijaya. When she was 3 years old her mother left her at an orphanage near their home and told her she would return with food. She waited but her mother never returned. This was the beginning of a journey that would take Diane out of India and into a new home in Loa, Utah where she was adopted, and her name changed. Diane’s lifelong quest to understand who she is, and to find belonging, began in those moments at the orphanage and continues even now. Today she watches as miracles unfold before her and she discovers unexpected relationships with people from her past. It is through these miracles, and new relationships, that she finds her identity as a daughter of God.

9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. — KSL 5 News

Sunday, Oct. 2

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Someone at the Other End (replay)

An in-depth look at the work being done for Afghan refugees. Several agencies in the state have worked tirelessly to help with the transition for these new members in our community. Volunteers have stepped up to support those fleeing the violence in their country; and to show them there is truly someone at the other end who is willing to help. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has partnered with Catholic Community Services, The International Rescue Committee and many other agencies, to provide much needed help. This collective effort is giving hope and healing to those who are new here.

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. — Music and the Spoken Word

10 a.m. – noon — Sunday Morning Session

Noon – 1 p.m. — Shawn Bradley: Strangely Grateful (new documentary)

At 7’6” Shawn Bradley is known for his height and athleticism. He is one of the tallest men in the world, and his 12 seasons in the NBA brought him fame and fortune. Recently a bicycle accident left him paralyzed. Confined to a wheelchair his colossal size is a challenge without medical precedent. His years as an athlete helped prepared him for the physical hardships he now faces, but it is his faith, family and friends that give him the courage he needs to push forward. While his life has been altered in ways he never could have imagined, he and his wife Carrie are carving out a new life together. Their new normal is anything but ordinary, and through it all they remain strangely grateful.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Book of Mormon Videos: Behind the Scenes (new documentary)

A Behind the Scenes look at season four of the “Book of Mormon Videos” where Jesus Christ visits the Americas. This visual representation of the resurrected Savior’s visit and ministry to the people in the Western Hemisphere provides context to the scriptures found in 3rd Nephi in The Book of Mormon. Filmed near Springville, Utah this production brings together more than 1,000 actors, staff and crew members as they work tirelessly to bring these stories to life.

1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. — Washington DC Temple: A Sacred Monument (new documentary)

Towering 288 feet above the skyline in Maryland, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Washington DC temple has been a landmark in the nation’s capital for nearly 50 years. Originally dedicated in 1974 this temple had been closed to the general public since this time, but with the recent renovations the world was welcomed to Come and See inside. We share the remarkable history behind this beautiful structure and the faith-promoting stories about the people who attend this temple.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. — Sunday Afternoon Session

To watch the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and all of our special programming, tune into KSL TV, the KSL TV app, or watch live on staging.ksltv.com/live.

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General Conference

SALT LAKE CITY — KSL TV has produced a weekend of special programming for the 192nd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday and Sunday.

The programming includes several original documentaries that you’ll see only on KSL TV.

Saturday, April 2

9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

HISTORY OF THE SAINTS: Joseph Smith’s Greatest Sermon: The King Follett Discourse

On April 7, 1844, The Prophet Joseph Smith preached a funeral sermon for Elder King Follett before an audience of about 20,000 people in Nauvoo, Illinois. By the doctrines taught and the revolutionary ideas conveyed it remains one of the greatest sermons he ever preached. Indeed, it has been called “one of the truly remarkable sermons ever preached in America.”

Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon


Saturday, noon – 12:30 p.m.


Deserae Turner: Tougher Than a Bullet

On Feb. 16, 2017, 14-year-old Deserae Turner’s life forever changed. The talented state-champion horse rider was shot in the head and left for dead in a canal in Smithfield. She lay in that cold wintery canal for eight hours before being found by her schoolteacher. Her body temperature at the time was 78 degrees and she was not expected to survive. Today, Deserae is beating the odds and thriving in miraculous ways.  After spending 63 days at Primary Children’s Hospital, she told the media “I’m tougher than a bullet.” Her comeback story of faith, courage and determination has allowed her to fulfill her dreams. She has been an inspiration to thousands of people along the way.

Saturday, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.


During the pandemic, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requested a new vision for the foyers or entryways of Church meetinghouses. They wanted art that reflects a deeper reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ. Many Church buildings have new artwork and others are in the process of change. A diverse group of Latter-day Saint artists is creating images that reflect the cultural and racial ‘peoples of the world.’ Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Church’s art collection and how copies of those works are made and sent worldwide. The Primary General Presidency has chosen art for its offices –see why they find those images sacred and why it is important that Latter-day Saint children experience art that moves them too. And finally, The Center for Latter-day Saint Arts in New York City. See the diversity of sacred art in an exhibit titled “Great Awakening.”

Saturday, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.


For two nights a week over four months out of the year, the Stang Aquatic Center in Hyrum, Utah, is home to one of the best high school water polo teams in the state: The Cache Valley Kraken. Their offense is straight-up fire, and they’ve got a defense that may be even better. One of the key pieces to that defense is their senior goalie, Benjamin Lehnig. He’s 6-foot-3, with a wingspan nearly as long. Benjamin is good, treading water for almost half his life. But here’s the thing about life: whether it’s in the pool or out of the pool, in the middle of it all, there are simply some things you never see coming.

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.


Someone At The Other End

Here we take an in-depth look at the work being done for Afghan refugees. Several agencies in the state have worked tirelessly to help with the transition for these new members of our community. Volunteers have stepped up to support those fleeing the violence in their country, and to show them there is truly someone at the other end who is willing to help. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has partnered with Catholic Community Services, The International Rescue Committee, and many other agencies to provide much-needed help. This collective effort is giving hope and healing to those who are new here.

Saturday, 2 p.m. -4 p.m.


Saturday, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.


KSL Radio 100 Years

Beginning on May 6, 1922, Utah became the broadcast home of the first clear channel radio station in the western United States. Heber J. Grant, then president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered the state’s first radio message. At the time the call letters were KZN and broadcasts were done from a shack on top of the Deseret News Building. Being the first radio station in the area, the majority of the population didn’t even have radios. KSL sent out mobile “sound trucks” to public areas where people would congregate to get their daily news. In 1923, the first broadcast of LDS general conference aired. It’s a semi-annual tradition that still happens today. Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts began in July 1929 and still continue today. Now known as the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, its Music and The Spoken Word program is the longest-running nationwide network radio program in history.

Saturday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.


Saturday, 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


This program gives a look at the inner workings at Church Headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Attend an executive council meeting with Apostles and other leaders to hear what happens during these important gatherings and go inside other committee meetings to gain a better understanding of how things work. This is your chance to get an inside look at how decisions are made and see the people behind the scenes who help keep the church programs running.

Saturday, 8:30 p.m.-9 p.m.


If you own a t-shirt with a design on it, you have Ed “Big Daddy” Roth to thank for it. He was in southern California in the early hot rod days, doing custom graphics and pinstriping. He would airbrush jackets for car clubs and started making monster designs on them. In SoCal it’s often too hot for jackets, so he started painting designs on t-shirts, which were considered underwear at the time and not worn outside. Demand was too high for airbrushing, so he started mass screen printing them. Roth created the character “Rat Fink” as a counter to Mickey Mouse. Ed was a good guy but he also ran with tough crowds. He created crazy custom cars that became model kits for kids in the 60s and 70s. Revell Model Company gave him the nickname “Big Daddy.” These models helped inspire the guy who designs modern Corvettes. Missionaries converted Roth to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints later in life and he moved to Manti because it was quiet and had a temple. He died in 2001, and every year since then his widow hosts a Rat Fink Reunion in Manti on the first weekend in June. Finksters come from all over the world to carry on the automotive art and Roth’s legacy.


Sunday, April 3

Sunday, 9 a.m.-9:30 am


The prophet for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has called upon the youth of the Church to lay the foundation of a great work. The power of these young people is seen in their faith and everyday actions as they live extraordinary lives. They are making a difference across the world and giving service to their communities. Hear stories of several youths who are having a powerful influence on those around them as they develop their talents and help their families succeed.

Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.


Sunday, 10 a.m. -noon


Sunday, noon-12:30 p.m.


The Indy Effect

Influencer and blogger Terah Belle Jones broke the news to her Instagram followers that her 5-year-old daughter Indy Llew Jones had passed away following a battle with cancer. Terah and her husband, Brian Jones, have shared Indy’s journey with their 260,000 Instagram followers. Indy was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare disorder that can progress into leukemia. Her cancer went into remission twice, but in April 2021 her mom confirmed that Indy’s cancer had returned and there wasn’t much more they could do. In the weeks that followed, the family of four brought Indy home from the hospital and cherished every moment together, including celebrating her fifth birthday. “I have never known this kind of pain but I’ve also never known this kind of triumph,” she wrote. “My Indy Llew has changed the world.” The effect Indy has left behind has been enormous. People around the globe have been touched by her incredible spirit and journey.

Sunday, 12:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

REDEEMED: The Sione Havili Story


In the cool fall air, gunshots pierce the night.  It’s a drive-by shooting.  Two Tongan gangs, the Crips of Glendale and the Regulators from West Valley, fight for turf.  Before 19-year-old Sione Havili is able to process all that’s happened he joins five friends in a van bound on getting revenge. With two one-gallon containers of gas and rags for a fuse, they firebomb a rival’s house, burning it to the ground. Fortunately, no one is home. Without disclosing his involvement in the crime, three months later Sione—a BYU scholarship athlete—is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His call had already been issued prior to that fateful night. But eventually, justice caught up to him and he returned home to pay the price. What happened afterward is a story of redemption. A journey that proves someone once broken can be redeemed.

Sunday, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.


What does it mean to be “all in” the gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days? The answers might surprise you. All In is a popular podcast from LDS Living, that explores this question with the help of authors and artists who are striving to live their faith every day.

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.



Abandoned at a young age, some of Diane Call’s earliest memories still haunt her. She was born in a small village in India—her name was Vijaya. When she was 3 years old her mother left her at an orphanage near their home and told her she would return with food. She waited but her mother never returned. This was the beginning of a journey that would take Diane out of India and into a new home in Loa, Utah where she was adopted and her name changed.  Diane’s lifelong quest to understand who she is, and to find belonging, began in those moments at the orphanage and continues even now. Today she watches as miracles unfold before her and she discovers unexpected relationships with people from her past. It is through these miracles, and new relationships, that she finds her true identity as a daughter of God.

Sunday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.


Sunday, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.


The World Report is a biannual compilation of news from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The April 2022 edition highlights some of the work being done by Latter-Day Saint Charities in Jordan to help families become self-sufficient through farming bees and goats. (See this page for the latest news on how the Church is helping refugees in Europe.) You will also see the impact JustServe is having in various communities. JustServe is a free community service platform sponsored by the Church and available in select cities. The World Report also offers a summary of the ministry of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and General Officers, including a keynote address by President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency at the University of Virginia on religious freedom and nondiscrimination; and messages of hope from members of the Relief Society General Presidency when they were in Egypt and in Dubai. The April 2022 World Report also documents the progress of new temple projects and renovations around the world, including the extensive restoration of the historic Salt Lake Temple. 

Sunday, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.


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