Recently discovered daguerreotype could be only verified photo of Joseph Smith

SALT LAKE CITY — A locket passed down through the descendants of Joseph Smith may be a photograph of the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

News of the pocket watch locket was released Thursday by the John Whitmer Historical Association in PDF and paperback versions of its journal, edition 42.

“Smith family members and historians have long believed that a daguerreotype, or photograph, of Joseph Smith, Jr., was made before his June 27, 1844, assassination. That daguerreotype has now been found. Learn more in the JWHA Journal Spring/Summer 2022 issue,” the JWHA Facebook and website state.

The claim that it is Smith isn’t definitive however and there are no other known photographs of him to compare it with.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a state about the discovery:

“Every few years, potential donors bring artifacts to the Church History Library for review, including alleged photographs of the prophet Joseph Smith. Such artifacts are, of course, of great interest to the church. Though it was not mentioned specifically in the article, church historians, archivists and artifact experts were provided — by the item’s owner and the article’s authors — the opportunity to analyze the locket and photo and to review their findings prior to publication. We concur that the daguerreotype and locket were created of the materials and methods appropriate to the 1840s. However, as nothing is definitively known about the locket’s history before 1992, we cannot draw a conclusion about who is pictured in the daguerreotype. We welcome the recent publication of the image and hope it will prompt the discovery of additional information helpful to determining its authenticity.”

Smith’s death mask survives, and paintings and descriptions of him are widely available.

According to Deseret News, Daniel Larsen, Smith’s great-great grandson, inherited the photo from his mother before her death in 1992. But the small image was inside a a pocket watch with a bent release mechanism. He didn’t look at it again until 2020 when he managed to get it open. Inside, he discovered the photo.

“In my opinion, there’s absolutely no question that it’s Joseph,” Larsen told the Deseret News. “I looked at it and I looked at it and saw those eyes. I told my wife to come in and look at this. We looked at it and … almost at the same time said, ‘This is a photo of Joseph Smith.’ ”

Larson said he believes a Lucian Foster was taking portraits like this one in New York in 1844, moved to Nauvoo and lived in the Smith mansion house for two months before Smith was killed in June 1844. Joseph Smith III claimed Foster made a daguerreotype of his father.

 

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PROVO, Utah — An award-winning director in Utah County has taken on the challenging task of writing and directing a Broadway-quality musical about Joseph Smith, prophet and founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife Emma. One he said was written in some ways as a counter to “The Book of Mormon” musical that hit Broadway 10 years ago.

“’The Book of Mormon’ musical presents us as tongue and cheek they laugh at us they make fun of almost everything we believe in,” said 66-year-old George Nelson, who is the head of Brigham Young University’s playwriting program and a professor in the school’s Theater and Media Arts Department.

The privately produced play is called “1820: The Musical,” which will open on Aug. 6 at the Covey Center for The Arts in downtown Provo.

“It’s the story of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ told through the love story of Joseph and Emma,” Nelson told KSL’s Dan Rascon during rehearsals in American Fork. “I want (the audience) to look at Joseph Smith and go, ‘Who is this guy?’ People called him a lunatic they called him a charlatan, they called him all kinds of things … We’ve tried to address in a non-apologetic way the things that Joseph has been accused of throughout his life and put the truth out there.”

George Nelson, head of BYU’s playwriting program and a professor in the school’s Theater and Media Arts Department. (KSL TV)

Zack Wilson, who plays Joseph Smith, said it’s really opened his eyes to what Joseph and Emma Smith went through.

“We see some of the weaknesses some of their strengths and struggles they went through,” he said.

That’s why Nelson wants to take the play to a much bigger audience. “I have a (Broadway) producer that is very interested in it. They are watching out this run, how it will go in Utah County,” he said.

Nelson is even taking on sensitive topics, like polygamy.

“Many people say, ‘Well, you can’t really deal with Joseph Smith and Emma without looking at plural marriage and the effect it had on their relationship.’ We don’t back away from that. We have a very poignant scene,” he said.

Tickets are now on sale here.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A St. George, Utah man may have uncovered a decades-old mystery — the location of a tomb commissioned for Joseph Smith, prophet and founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — in the most unlikely of places in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Historians said Joseph Smith commissioned the family tomb before his martyrdom, but it was never used. He was buried elsewhere, yet its historical significance has endured.

“I think for every man, there’s always a little boy that’s wanted to be Indiana Jones,” said Brian Christiansen.

For Christiansen, the treasure hunt took him all the way to Nauvoo.

“Now, it’s just a lot of really cool coincidences that are leading us to it,” he said.

In the summer of 2020, Christiansen purchased the iconic gift shop Zion’s Mercantile near the heart of Nauvoo, but he never expected what we found below.

“We started digging the hole so we could see what was down in there,” he said. “We were actually expecting to see a tunnel maybe.”

Instead, they uncovered a vault.

“We found a vault that is underneath the sidewalk and it measures 7-feet wide by 27-feet long,” said Christiansen.

As it turns out, historian Joseph Johnstun said the vault had a unique resemblance to the tomb Joseph Smith commissioned of William Weeks, the architect of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.

“It’s definitely something neat to look at,” said Johnstun. “It’s of a comparable size to what the William Weeks drawing show.”

Christiansen said the location of the vault and the use of red bricks also matched up with historical records.

“There’s journal records that talk about the tomb being off the Southeast corner of the temple, which is the direct line towards where the Mercantile is,” said Christiansen.

However, nothing is set in stone. There is no known official record of where Joseph Smith’s tomb was built.

As history has it, the tomb was not used for Smith since church and family members were concerned it would be desecrated. Instead, Joseph and Hyrum Smith were buried in secret in the basement of the Nauvoo House. Their bodies were later moved to an unmarked site near the Mississippi River on the Smith family homestead.

In 1928, the remains, along with Emma Smith’s, were exhumed and placed side-by-side in marked graves. The site came to be known as the Smith Family Cemetery.

“If you ask somebody, have you heard of the tomb of Joseph, most people say, ‘What are you talking about?’ or they think you’re talking about where Joseph Smith is currently buried, but we know the tomb is an important for Joseph to have a burial place that would include his family,” said Christiansen.

Smith was eventually laid to rest in what became known as the Smith family cemetery, so nothing was considered official, as excavation of the site continues.

“To be able to tell the story of the tomb, that’s good enough for me,” said Christiansen.

Christiansen owns the property and said his archeological excavation isn’t affiliated with the Church, but he is working on a documentary which follows the process of uncovering the vault and determining if it is indeed the tomb built for Joseph Smith.

Christiansen said plans were in the works to release the documentary in November and possibly build an exhibit around the vault for the public to visit.

For more information on Christiansen’s project: https://tombofjoseph.com/

For more information on Johnstun’s research: https://ensignpeakfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/MHS_FALL-2005_09-JOSEPH-SMITH-BURIAL-TOMB.pdf

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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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Jean Kennedy Smith, Last Surviving Sibling Of JFK, Dies

Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy and a former ambassador to Ireland, died Wednesday, her nephew confirmed. She was 92.

Smith died at her home in Manhattan, her daughter Kym told The New York Times.

Smith was the eighth of nine children born to Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy, and tragically several of them preceded her in death by decades. Her siblings included older brother Joseph Kennedy Jr., killed in action during World War II; Kathleen “Kick’ Kennedy, who died in a 1948 plane crash; the president, assassinated in 1963 and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, slain in 1968. Sen. Edward Kennedy, the youngest of the Kennedy siblings, died of brain cancer in August 2009, the same month their sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver died.

Smith, who married Kennedy family financial adviser and future White House chief of staff Stephen Edward Smith in 1956, was viewed for much of her life as a quiet sister who shunned the spotlight. In her memoir “The Nine of Us,” published in 2016, she wrote that for much of the time her childhood seemed “unexceptional.”

“It is hard for me to fully comprehend that I was growing up with brothers who eventually occupy the highest offices of our nation, including president of the United States,” she explained. “At the time, they were simply my playmates. They were the source of my amusement and the objects of my admiration.”

Though she never ran for office, she campaigned for her brothers, traveling the country for then-Sen. John F. Kennedy as he sought the presidency in 1960. In 1963, she stepped in for a traveling Jacqueline Kennedy and co-hosted a state dinner for Ireland’s president. The same year, she accompanied her brother — the first Irish Catholic president — on his famous visit to Ireland. Their great-grandfather, Patrick Kennedy, was from Dunganstown in County Wexford in southeastern Ireland.

Three decades later, she was appointed ambassador to Ireland by President Bill Clinton, who called her “as Irish as an American can be.”

During her confirmation hearing, she recalled the trip with her brother, describing it as “one of the most moving experiences of my own life.”

As ambassador, she played a role in the Northern Ireland peace process. She helped persuade Clinton to grant a controversial visa in 1994 to Gerry Adams, chief of the Irish Republican Army-linked Sinn Fein party. The move defied the British government, which branded Adams as a terrorist.

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Smith’s nephew, highlighted her role in the Irish peace process as the crux of her “enormous legacy.”

She later called criticism of her actions toward the IRA “unfortunate” and said she thought history would credit the Clinton administration with helping the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said in 1998 that “it is not an understatement to say that if (the visa for Adams) didn’t happen at the time, perhaps other events may not have fallen into place.”

In 1996, though, Smith had been reprimanded by Secretary of State Warren Christopher for punishing two of her officers who objected to the visa for Adams.

In December 1998, Smith again risked controversy by taking communion in a Protestant cathedral in Dublin, going against the bishops of her Roman Catholic church.

Her decision was a strong personal gesture of support for Irish President Mary McAleese, a fellow Catholic who had been criticized by Irish bishops for joining in the Protestant communion service.

“Religion, after all, is about bringing people together,” Smith told The Irish Times. “We all have our own way of going to God.”

When she stepped down as ambassador in 1998, she received Irish citizenship for “distinguished service to the nation.”

Diplomacy, along with politics, also ran in the Kennedy family. Her father was ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1938 to 1940. Niece Caroline Kennedy served as ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration.

“We’re the first father-daughter ambassadors,” Smith told The Irish Times in 1997. “So I can’t remember a time when we were not an actively political family.”

In 1974, Smith founded Very Special Arts, an education program that supports artists with physical or mental disabilities. Her 1993 book with George Plimpton, “Chronicles of Courage: Very Special Artists,” features interviews with disabled artists. The program followed in the footsteps of her sister Eunice’s creation of the Special Olympics for disabled athletes.

Smith and her husband had four children, Stephen Jr., William, Amanda and Kym. Her husband died in 1990.

Her son, Dr. William Kennedy Smith, made headlines in 1991, when he was charged with rape at the Kennedy estate in Palm Beach, Florida. He was acquitted after a highly publicized trial that included testimony from his uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, who had roused his nephew and son to go to some nightclubs that Easter weekend.

Among Smith’s other siblings, Rosemary died in 2005; and Patricia in 2006.

“Certainly a distinct characteristic of our family was its size,” Smith wrote in her memoir. “A child in a big family constantly feels surrounded and supported. For me, there was always someone to play with or someone to talk to just around the corner, out on the porch, or in the next bedroom. I never felt alone.”

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Thousands Line Procession Route for Provo Police Officer Joseph Shinners

PROVO, Utah – For as cold as downtown Provo can be on a January afternoon, Jen Smith figured her three young daughters would benefit from being outside for a little while.

“See if you can jump ten times in a row,” she said to them while they were playing. “It’ll help warm you up.”

She wasn’t trying to teach them about shivering.

Instead, they were outside because she wanted them to know about Joseph Shinners.

“You know, where we live here, it’s close to home,” she said with tears in her eyes.

Shinners, an officer with the Provo Police Department, was shot and killed last Saturday.

Smith watched his funeral on her phone while standing on the side of Center Street in Provo Saturday afternoon.

However, she wanted to make sure to see the procession in person.

“I don’t have any family members in law enforcement of anything like that,” said Smith. “I want my children to know that it’s important to support these men and women who go out every day of their lives to protect us and to keep us safe.”

She explained to her kids that when one of them falls trying to keep us safe, the least we can do is say thank you and show support.

“It was just heartbreaking,” she said.

For close to a half hour, police departments from all across Utah, and neighboring states, came through Provo as part of the funeral procession.

“That one is from Idaho. Boise,” Smith said pointing out the police car to her kids.

She also explained to her children that police officers are moms and dads, too.

As Shinners’ hearse passed under the large American flag raised between two Provo Power bucket trucks, it was a reminder this was his last ride.

“I just feel so bad for all of these guys. They lost a brother,” she said. “If you look at a lot of the wives riding in the passenger seat, they’re all, like, sobbing. Because they know that one day this could be them.”

Utah has dealt with similar tragedies several times in the past year, but residents say one of the positive things about being in Utah is every time something like this happens, there is a strong showing of support from the community.

Many people waved American flags.

Others had the thin blue line flag that is associated with law enforcement.

There were also ribbons, signs, and stickers showing support to the family of Shinners and the Provo Police Department.

“Supporting the police is very important,” Smith told her children.

That may be why, for as cold as it was, you could feel the warmth of just coming together.

“It’s a sense of pride,” said Smith.

 

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued its sixth-ever proclamation to mark the 200th anniversary of the First Vision of founder Joseph Smith.

President Russell M. Nelson announced the proclamation during his remarks at the end of a solemn assembly held during the Sunday morning session of General Conference.

He said Church leaders wanted to mark the bicentennial year with a monument of some sort, but they determined a physical memorial would not be accessible to members across the world.

Instead, he said, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles decided a moment of words would be more appropriate.

The proclamation, titled “The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Bicentennial Proclamation to the World,” was read in a prerecorded video by President Nelson.

Following his reading of the proclamation, President Nelson led church members in a “Hosanna Shout.”

It was the sixth proclamation issued by the Church, and the last since 1996.

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Local Artist Takes On Unusual, Cream-Filled Oreo Art

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – One local artist had expected to have a big day in downtown Salt Lake City before General Conference. He was scheduled to show off his incredible “tiny” artwork at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

That work includes hundreds of very detailed portraits, all in stamp size or a one-inch setting. In one piece of work depicting the teachings of Jesus Christ, artist Chris Creek managed to put 50 people in a crowd as they surrounded the Savior while he was teaching.

“I started painting these minis as a challenge,” Creek said. “My goal was to do one a day for a year. I have one inch. I would try and fill that inch before I go to bed.”

Creek created hundreds of tiny pieces of art, most illustrating his faith as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I’ve got all 17 of the latter-day prophets and they’ve really been a delight to do,” said Creek.

He didn’t stop there. He began bringing Oreo cookies into the mix. 

Creek is taking the delicious cream filling and turning it into a piece of art with the cookie as a background. The detail makes it look like porcelain on a black background.

“I’ve got Emma Smith here on an Oreo with what they call cream filling,” said Creek as he worked.

Emma can now go right next to her husband, Joseph Smith, who he already finished.

“It’s been a lot of fun I enjoy this tight little challenge,” he said.

Creek has also become quite skilled at making some pretty amazing pancakes by turning them into works of art. 

“I like the challenge, and these little tiny brushes become my friend,” he said. “The quarantine has never been much of a problem for me because I can sit down and draw and paint for hours.”

To look at his work go to https://www.instagram.com/tokensoffaith.

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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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Utah mountain cabin community hoping for national historic designation

Just off I-80 in Parley’s Canyon hidden past a gate, a road winds away from the roar of traffic and into the tranquil babble of a canyon creek.

“It’s just a great place to be,” said John Felt, who has been coming up to Mt. Aire since he was a young child.

While breathing in nature gives the community of Mt. Aire its name and appeal, the people like Felt attached to the nearly 50 modest cabins lining the canyon really love it for its past.

“I think about my grandmother. She lived up here all summer,” Felt said. He explained how his grandmother bought the cabin he now lovingly keeps up 70 years ago.

But the hand-troweled stone walls go back much further than Felt’s own family history. Families influential in the founding of Utah, made Mt. Aire their getaway.

“It was built in 1890s, so it’s well over 100 years old,” Felt said. He described how one of the sons of Parley P. Pratt built the square stone structure, as part of three stone cabins built by the Pratt sons.

Parley P. Pratt was known as the man who surveyed the canyon that now bears his name, and building the first road through Parley’s Canyon. He was also an early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was one of the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

The Pratt sons staked claims in the canyon along with Willard B. Richards and his family members. Willard B. Richards was the son of Willard Richards, who served as private secretary to Joseph Smith, and helped establish Deseret News– serving as its first editor-in-chief.

Richards was also known as surviving the attack in Carthage Jail that killed Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

Not only was Richards’ son involved in homesteading Mt. Aire, his daughter Sarah Ellen Richards Smith also had a cabin built. She was one of the wives of Joseph F. Smith, son of Hyrum Smith and nephew of Joseph Smith. Joseph F. Smith was President of the Church for nearly two decades and also served in Utah’s territorial legislature.

Over the years, the cabins multiplied as families grew. Today, somewhere around two dozen summer cabins built between the late 1800s to 1930s remain, many passed down from generation to generation in the Richards, Smith and Pratt families.

“Most of the cabins here are historic, and many of them have been preserved to be in the condition that they were in when they were built,” said Frank Nilson, standing next to a hutch filled with historical photos in the dining area of one of the Pratt cabins.

Frank Nilson doesn’t just appreciate the history, he comes from it.

He explained how his great-grandmother is Sarah Ellen Richards Smith. Her son Franklin Richards Smith was Nilson’s grandfather.

Nilson is the fifth generation to own a cabin up Mt. Aire, and while his cabin isn’t the original cabin his great-grandmother enjoyed on hot summer days, Sarah Ellen’s cabin is still standing up the road from his.

His family purchased one of the stone Pratt cabins when he was in high school. His kids grew up spending summer days playing by the creek that runs adjacent to the humble building, and now his grandchildren will.

“What a wonderful place to grow up, and to have a place where your family memories and your family ties bind you all together,” Nilson said, as tears welled in his eyes. “And that’s what we’ve enjoyed here for 130 years.”

But Nilson’s fondness for the past, is turning into fear for the future.

“It’s a very emotional thought to think that what we have here could be altered and taken away from us,” Nilson said, getting choked up.

He and other Mt. Aire residents are leery of a proposed limestone mining project over the ridge. The proposal is embroiled in controversy and a legal battle.

Controversial Parley’s Canyon mine proposal gets permit, but could become a legal battle

Worries expressed by residents range from impacts on air pollution, to water quality, to blasting.

“When we have these structures that have been here, some of them for 120, 125, 130 years, what is going to happen when we start having dynamite so close to us?” Nilson questioned. He and Felt explained that the stone cabins are not reinforced, and they worry about walls crumbling. Some cabins sit high in the hills on wooden stilts two stories off the ground.

That’s why Nilson and other cabin owners are coming together to apply for a National Register of Historic Places designation for the entire Mt. Aire community.

“We would have some backing to help us preserve what we have here,” Nilson expressed, as his hope.

Right now, they’re in the process of documenting each historic building, and the unique stories behind them as they begin the application process.

Owners and Mt. Air descendants share the hope that they can keep the area intact for the future.

“I just enjoy coming up here because it’s so peaceful,” Felt said.

“I want this to continue to be the beautiful, serene place that it is,” Nilson said. “Where I can bring my grandkids and they can have fun.”

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Nebraska woman charged with helping daughter have abortion

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy at about 24 weeks after investigators uncovered Facebook messages in which the two discussed using medication to induce an abortion and plans to burn the fetus afterward.

The prosecutor handling the case said it’s the first time he has charged anyone for illegally performing an abortion after 20 weeks, a restriction that was passed in 2010. Before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, states weren’t allowed to enforce abortion bans until the point at which a fetus is considered viable outside the womb, at roughly 24 weeks.

In one of the Facebook messages, Jessica Burgess, 41, tells her then 17-year-old daughter that she has obtained abortion pills for her and gives her instructions on how to take them to end the pregnancy.

The daughter, meanwhile, “talks about how she can’t wait to get the ‘thing’ out of her body,” a detective wrote in court documents. “I will finally be able to wear jeans,” she says in one of the messages. Law enforcement authorities obtained the messages with a search warrant, and detailed some of them in court documents.

In early June, the mother and daughter were only charged with a single felony for removing, concealing or abandoning a body, and two misdemeanors: concealing the death of another person and false reporting. It wasn’t until about a month later, after investigators reviewed the private Facebook messages, that they added the felony abortion-related charges against the mother. The daughter, who is now 18, is being charged as an adult at prosecutors’ request.

Burgess’ attorney didn’t immediately respond to a message Tuesday, and the public defender representing the daughter declined to comment.

When first interviewed, the two told investigators that the teen had unexpectedly given birth to a stillborn baby in the shower in the early morning hours of April 22. They said they put the fetus in a bag, placed it in a box in the back of their van, and later drove several miles north of town, where they buried the body with the help of a 22-year-old man.

The man, whom The Associated Press is not identifying because he has only been charged with a misdemeanor, has pleaded no contest to helping bury the fetus on rural land his parents own north of Norfolk in northeast Nebraska. He’s set to be sentenced later this month.

In court documents, the detective said the fetus showed signs of “thermal wounds” and that the man told investigators the mother and daughter did burn it. He also wrote that the daughter confirmed in the Facebook exchange with her mother that the two would “burn the evidence afterward.” Based on medical records, the fetus was more than 23 weeks old, the detective wrote.

Burgess later admitted to investigators to buying the abortion pills “for the purpose of instigating a miscarriage.”

At first, both mother and daughter said they didn’t remember the date when the stillbirth happened, but according to the detective, the daughter later confirmed the date by consulting her Facebook messages. After that he sought the warrant, he said.

Madison County Attorney Joseph Smith told the Lincoln Journal Star that he’s never filed charges like this related to performing an abortion illegally in his 32 years as the county prosecutor. He didn’t immediately respond to a message from the AP on Tuesday.

The group National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which supports abortion rights, found 1,331 arrests or detentions of women for crimes related to their pregnancy from 2006 to 2020.

In addition to its current 20-week abortion ban, Nebraska tried — but failed — earlier this year to pass a so-called trigger law that would have banned all abortions when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

A Facebook spokesman declined to talk about the details of this case, but the company has said that officials at the social media giant “always scrutinize every government request we receive to make sure it is legally valid.”

Facebook says it will fight back against requests that it thinks are invalid or too broad, but the company said it gave investigators information in about 88% of the 59,996 times when the government requested data in the second half of last year.

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Shots fired near Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center; no injuries reported

MANCHESTER, N.Y. — Several shots were fired at or near the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center according to a release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Finger Lakes Times reports that about 80 people were in the building when shots were fired and the Ontario County sheriff’s personnel said there were a total of more than 22 shots fired at the building.

Eric Hawkins, a spokesman with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement to media Wednesday: “This afternoon, several shots were fired at or near the Hill Cumorah Visitors’ Center in Palmyra, New York. Gratefully, no injuries have been reported. At this hour, there is little information available. Inquiries about details should be directed to local law enforcement.”

New York State Police are over the area but have not provided any information at this point.

The Hill Cumorah is a site of religious significance for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has a visitors’ center there for guests.

The site is believed to be the place where Joseph Smith, the first prophet and former leader of the Church, met with an angel to receive the gold plates with writings from which the Book of Mormon was translated.

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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 MORNING SESSION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE

Saturday, noon – 12:30 p.m.

TOUGHER THAN A BULLET

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.

SACRED IMAGES

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.

BLIND FAITH

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

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 AFTERNOON SESSION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE

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

KSL RADIO 100 YEARS

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.

WOMEN’S SESSION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE 

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

INSIDE CHURCH HEADQUARTERS

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.

A SHIFT OF HEART

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

A GREAT WORK

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.

MUSIC AND THE SPOKEN WORD

Sunday, 10 a.m. -noon

SUNDAY MORNING SESSION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE

Sunday, noon-12:30 p.m.

THE INDY EFFECT

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.

ALL IN

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.

FOUND

Found

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 AFTERNOON SESSION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE

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

WORLD REPORT

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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SALT LAKE CITY – Thursday marks the 180th anniversary of the Relief Society – the women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

KSL’s Carole Mikita talked with President Jean Bingham.

The Relief Society, called by Latter-day Saints the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world with more than 7-million members, was founded on March 17, 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois, under the direction of Church prophet Joseph Smith. His wife, Emma, was the first president. 

Relief Society General President Jean Bingham called it a restoration and points to the women who were the first disciples of Jesus Christ as examples. 

“In the Savior’s time, the women were focused on trying to relieve suffering,” he said. 

When asked why it is important to mark this moment in the history of this women’s organization, Bingham said, “It’s significant because we have the exact same purpose today that they did 180 years ago. We are a society of women that are looking to relieve, to bring relief to those who are suffering. And there’s so many ways to do that. I think about some of the efforts that we’re focusing on now — literacy, for instance. There’s so many women around the world that need that skill. There are so many challenges with nutrition. How can we help children that have malnutrition and their mothers who are dealing with that?” 

The Relief Society is also helping refugees from many nations.  

“When you think about coming to a new country, you don’t know that, even how to buy groceries. How do you get around the city? What’s public transportation? It’s daunting, especially if you don’t understand the language yet,” Sister Bingham said about helping a family from Afghanistan some years ago. “And to get them to the point where they could become citizens of the United States was such a thrill for them. And it was a thrill for me to be able to have an impact and to see these newcomers be assimilated into the community.”  

They are still friends, she said, adding that they see each other every month. 

To each group of women she interacts with around the world, Bingham says she reminds them to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

“The motto of the Relief Society is ‘Charity Never Faileth.’ In other words, in today’s vernacular, charity is always the answer. I cannot tell you how joyful it has been to meet sisters in the Philippines, in Ghana, in Chile, many places around the world. We have the same needs and the same desires to help one another. And that’s the beauty of Relief Society.” 

Sister Bingham says she hopes that all Latter-day Saint women, young women, and girls who turn 12 in 2022, will participate in a special women’s session of General Conference, which will take place Saturday, April 2 at 6 p.m. 

You can watch that session on KSL TV.

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Documentary: Senior Church leaders talk about the power of councils and their role ‘Inside Church Headquarters’

KSL DOCUMENTARY – The Savior governs His Church through councils. This divine pattern is critical to the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at every level.

This Church News documentary, titled “Inside Church Headquarters,” examines the essential role of councils in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, beginning with the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and extending to stake, ward and family councils.

It highlights the need for women’s voices in councils. Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and general women leaders also speak about the purpose and functions of three of the Church’s executive councils: the Missionary Executive Council, the Temple and Family History Executive Council, and the Priesthood and Family Executive Council.

“In the abundance of counsel, there is wisdom,” said President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency. “When the Prophet Joseph Smith was called, he taught the world, and he taught all of us for the first time, the first principle about the plan of salvation is that our Heavenly Father introduced it in a great council in heaven. So, as Latter-day Saints, we begin with councils.”

The council system, said President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “is the way you move things safely and solidly from where it is to where it needs to be.”

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SALT LAKE CITY — All 160 operating temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have reopened for worship services, according to President Russell M. Nelson.

The Kyiv Ukraine Temple, which reopened on Monday, was the final temple to reopen since all temples were closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I will never forget the day near the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic when we had to make the excruciating decision to close the temples,” President Nelson said in a Facebook post Monday. “The rapid spread of the virus made this decision inevitable, but it was a painful one. I couldn’t help but wonder how the Prophet Joseph Smith and all of my predecessors would feel about the action we were taking.”

“But now, with the temples open, our work for those on both sides of the veil can be resumed. To have all our temples reopened, at least to some degree, is a cause for rejoicing.

“I am grateful for the many scientists, health care workers, and leaders who have stemmed the tide of this virus such that we can now safely gather in larger numbers. And I thank you, my dear brothers and sisters, for your patience and worthiness to serve.

“May we cherish the blessings of the House of the Lord and attend the temple as often as our circumstances permit.”

All 17 operating temples in Utah have moved to Phase 3 of the Church’s reopening guidelines, which allows for all ordinances with some restrictions. Another 10 temples have been announced or are under construction in the Beehive State.

The St. George and Salt Lake temples remain closed for renovation but will be listed in Phase 3 so patrons in those temple districts can attend nearby temples. Another six temples are currently closed for renovations, including temples in Washington, DC; Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mesa, Arizona; Columbus, Ohio, and Hamilton, New Zealand.

The Manti Utah Temple will close for renovations on Oct. 1.

Church officials said 10 temples have paused operations due to local COVID-19 restrictions as of July 5.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Temple Square will begin a phased reopening to the general public beginning June 14, according to officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Church officials said the Conference Center will be the first to welcome back visitors with additional facilities following in the coming months.

“As Temple Square begins its phased reopening, it will once again offer unique and meaningful guest experiences,” officials said. “While some activities may not be fully open for some time, adjustments will be made to ensure a safe experience for those that do.”

Temple Square Reopening Schedule

The Conference Center, which has been the main arrival center and primary venue for guests on Temple Square, will reopen for in-person tours on June 14.

“The central features of the Conference Center experience are a replica of sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen’s masterpiece, the Christus; a cutaway model of the Salt Lake Temple; the 21,000-seat Conference Center auditorium; and premier views of Temple Square and the Salt Lake Temple renovation,” officials said.

July 6

The Assembly Hall and Tabernacle and Family History Library will reopen to the public on July 6.

Officials said organ concerts, rehearsals and other concerts will continue to be paused. The Assembly Hall and Tabernacle will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Family History Library will open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with plans to extend to additional days and hours.

The Church History Library reading room will also reopen by appointment on July 6. A limited number of appointments will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 2

The Beehive House and Church History Museum and store will reopen on Aug. 2.

Hours for the Beehive House will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday while the Church History Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The following exhibits will be available at the Church History Museum:

  • The Heavens Are Opened
  • Sisters for Suffrage
  • Mormon Trails
  • Presidents of the Church
  • Temples Dot the Earth: Building the House of the Lord (an interactive exhibit for children and families)

Reopenings for the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Relief Society Building and Lion House will be announced at a future date.

“Visitors are welcome on Temple Square. Face masks are recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19. These announcements are subject to change due to conditions at the time of opening,” Church officials said.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A plan has been approved for the phased-in reopening of historical sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sites were closed as a precaution against spread of coronavirus.

The announcement was made Thursday by the First Presidency.

Each site will consider local guidelines and missionary availability before opening, a news release said.

The locations in Utah included the Brigham Young Winter Home and Office, Hamblin Home, and St. George Tabernacle, which will all reopen on May 1. Cove Fort will reopen on May 28.

“We’re thrilled that the Church’s historic sites will be open to visitors this summer,” said Church Historian and Recorder Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. of the Seventy. “We know people are anxious to visit and the missionaries are eager to welcome them. Visiting the sites is a great way for individuals and families to enhance their understanding of Church history. Walking the paths and streets where the early Saints walked and visiting their homes and shops provides an immersive experience with the past. We hope in this year of ‘Come, Follow Me’ study of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history, many people will have an opportunity to visit the sites, either in person or via a virtual tour. We are prepared to welcome them.”

The news release said reservations will be required and visitors are encouraged to register ahead of time. Groups of more than 20 will not be allowed in 2021.

Social distancing and face masks are required.

The latest information will be posted regularly on the individual websites and Facebook pages for each site.

Here is a list of the sites and when they are scheduled to reopen.

May 1

Utah

California

Illinois

Iowa

Nebraska

May 28

Utah

New York

Missouri

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Vermont

Wyoming

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Whether you are traveling north, south, east, or west Utah is home to some really amazing hidden gems that you might not expect. So if you are hitting the road to experience the incredible places Utah has to offer, why not make a couple of stops along the way? Here are 6 places in Utah that are off the beaten path but are definitely worth visiting.

The Creamery

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This place is an absolute treat. The creamery in Beaver Utah is a great stop to make if you are heading down south. If you are into cheese and ice cream then this is the place for you! The creamery’s cheese is some of the best in the state. They feature anything from classic cheddar to their salsa cheddar and green onion cheeses. While you are there, check out their Creamery Kitchen where you can get their featured cheeses on grilled cheese sandwiches, mac & cheese, and even pizza! And don’t forget to try their signature cheese curds DEEP FRIED!

Orderville Mine Rock Shop

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You might be familiar with Orderville if you’ve gone to Zion National Park and entered from the east entrance, or if you’ve driven to Lake Powell. But the Orderville Mine Rock Shop shop is literally a hidden gem. Or gems. That’s because they have rocks there that you’ve probably never seen before, and might never see again. This is an incredible stop just to see something new, or if you are a die hard rock fan with a shopping list!

Historic Wendover Airfield Museum

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Just outside of the glitzy main drag of Wendover is a place that is actually a huge part of American history. The Wendover airport used to be a military facility. In fact, in WWII the Wendover airport base was the last stop of the Enola Gay before it departed for its fateful mission. The plane carried and dropped the first atomic bomb with the code name “Little Boy” at Hiroshima. Later, the airport was used in scenes in the Movie Con-Air. The plane used in the movie is even still there as part of the historic museum now located there. Some small planes still fly out of the airport today.

Porter Rockwell’s Cabin

Porter Rockwell cabin - Off the Beaten Path

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If you know the history of Brigham Young and Joseph Smith you are probably familiar with the name Porter Rockwell. Rockwell was the bodyguard to both men when each of them led the Church of Christ, or later the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Rockwell’s reputation preceded him. 13 years before his death, he constructed a cabin to live in near Cherry Creek, Utah. Years later after his death, there was heavy wear on the cabin due to the elements. It was taken to Eureka, UT where it was restored and re-constructed. And you can see it today!

Bear Lake Raspberry Shake

 

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It really doesn’t matter if you go to LaBeau’s, Zipz, Hometown Drive-In, or any of the local shake places. You are going to get one of the best raspberry shakes of your life. That’s because Bear Lake is famous for raspberries. And they really are some of the best raspberries around. Once you have a shake in hand, head to the shore of Bear Lake, and take a dip in the incredible Caribbean of the Rockies.

Sinclair Station

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The historical service station in Elberta, UT is a favorite of photographers and motorcycle riders alike. This station is still owned by the original family that built it back in 1917. The building was originally built for the Dividend, UT community, but after the Tintic Mine closed in 1947, people left the area taking entire houses and structures with them. This is one of those structures. If you are ever in the area, the Historic Sinclair station is definitely worth a stop and a quick picture.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – “He felt control when he could make people have certain emotions, and he did that a lot with me,” is how Dorie Olds described a part of her life with Mark Hofmann, her ex-husband and infamous Utah bomber.

After 36 years, the story has taken center stage in the Netflix production, “Murder Among the Mormons.”

One part of the story that Olds felt has never been told is how she was able to cope with the trauma — and that is through her faith.

In 1985, a man and a woman were brutally murdered by bombs in Salt Lake City. The KSL-TV news team covered the stories that continued for years until Hofmann was convicted of those crimes and forgery and sentenced to life in prison.

But this is the story from the perspective of his then-young wife, which has never been told.

“We had religion in our house. We did pray,” Olds said.

Olds grew up in a Latter-day Saint family in Salt Lake City.

“And for me, I did not have deep roots,” she said. “Like, that’s how I would say it is a plant with like little, teeny tiny roots into the ground, but not very deep, but they were there.”

She met Hofmann while they were both students at Utah State University. She felt she had a spiritual warning the night before their marriage in the Salt Lake Temple.

“So, I’m in bed, not really going to sleep, but just laying in bed,” Olds said. “And suddenly I hear this really, loud voice that says, ‘You don’t have to do this.'”

Worried about the reaction from both sets of parents, she went on with it, and quit her job to let Hofmann finish school — but the lies began there as he never did.

“What do you need to do to graduate? And he was all wishy-washy about that graduation thing,” Olds said. “So I don’t think he had any intention. I don’t think he even went to school that last year.”

“Every day there was always something that was not good,” Olds added.

KSL’s Carole Mikita asked if Olds was afraid of him. “No,” she replied.

And then, was Hofmann abusive?

“Well, he was, he was covertly abusive,” Olds said. “I remember watching that movie ‘Gaslight’ going, ‘Oh, that’s what I went through.’ Because there were things that were going on. But I wasn’t seeing that.”

From 1980 to 1985, Hofmann was working as a documents dealer, claiming to have found rare historic manuscripts when, in fact, he was a forger.

Olds was busy raising their three young children. She said she felt like a possession.

“I was told, it doesn’t matter what you want, or what you think. That was creepy and odd to me,” she said.

“Like you belong to him?” Mikita asked.

“Exactly,” Olds said. “And that was true. In a sense, what I realized during our marriage is that what’s mine was his. And what’s his was his but nothing of his was mine.”

During the years when Hofmann was forging documents about the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he would invite friends to their home and embarrass Olds.

“And then he stopped in the middle of the discussion group, and he’d say, ‘Dorie, do you still believe in the Church? Do you still believe in Joseph Smith? Do you still believe in Book of Mormon? I was stunned,” Olds said. “‘Yes.’ And he’d go, and he’d, he would put me on the spot. And he was like, ‘Really? And you get upset? It’s like, how can you believe that?’ And so here I am, in my own home, with these people. They’re all witnessing this.”

The bombings that Hofmann said were to cover up or divert from his forgeries, shattered the lives of Steve Christensen’s family and Kathleen Sheets’ family, along with his own family as well.

“It’s like I had to start really listening to answers to prayer and had to really start finding my faith,” Olds said. “And I did with that. Everything’s going to be OK, I trusted that, I trusted that I knew that was true. ”

When a third bomb critically injured Hofmann, Olds was terrified.

“I was shaking,” she said. “And I think I shook. I don’t know how long, weeks I was just shaking. And I couldn’t stop.”

As police focused on Hofmann as a suspect, he did what he had done so often — he blamed Olds.

“And then I had his parents telling me, this is all your fault. This is all your fault. This is all your fault. You’re the one that made him do this. This is all your fault,” Olds said. “And I went out the door and went out into the hallway and there was no one there. And as I stood there in the hallway, I heard that voice again. Here’s this voice coming in and saying, ‘Everything’s going to be OK. Everything’s going to be OK.’ And I had this really deep feeling of peace, which I can still find today.”

When her husband came home from the hospital, Olds still did not believe he was guilty but again she heard that voice tell her that the uncertainty would not last.

“I knew we weren’t going to stay married, that whatever was happening, I didn’t know what would be going on with him,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. But I remember hearing when he came home, it’s like I kept hearing, ‘It’s about 18 months, you have about 18 months.'”

Olds said she was in shock once her husband was arrested, but good people just came to her. Strangers gave her money at the grocery store, and even though she didn’t want to, she was inspired to go to Church.

“You’re going to go to church. That’s what I was hearing in my head,” Olds said. “And so I come in with these four kids and come in the back and going into the Cultural Hall and immediately people jumping up, and one’s taking the baby and one’s taking this and other.”

Not everyone was welcoming. “I had one woman tell me, ‘You need to leave, you need to leave, you’re polluting the church you need to leave right now.’”

Her Latter-day Saint bishop was told and he took her into his office. “He said you are not leaving … we’re going to help you,” Olds said. “You’re going to be here. You’re you are not leaving this Church.”

Mikita asked if Hofmann told her before he made his confession. “No,” Olds said. “He’s never confessed to me to this day.”

Her four children have families of their own and live out-of-state. But growing up was difficult as Hofmann tried to control their lives from prison.

“He said, ‘If you keep getting pregnant, you just stay pregnant, the state will take care of you, and then you’ll be OK.’ And that was his, that was his magnificent advice to me, is to stay pregnant.”

Instead, Olds got a divorce.

Mikita asked her about the people, over the years, who said she must have known was her then-husband was doing in their home — making forgeries and bombs.

“She must have known. She must have known she went in the room, which I did,” Olds said. “And I saw papers and books and all kinds of crap. You know, it wasn’t anything that I am identifying as anything.”

Olds believes she’s a different person now.

“Not really being able to stand up to him. I wasn’t able to do that,” she said. “That I that’s the part I needed to learn — stand up for myself.”

“There was a lot of low self-esteem with me. And I really felt like I wasn’t friends with God. And through all of this. It’s like, boy was I wrong. And I have more and more,” Olds said. “Way too many miracles that were specific for me that like, ‘OK, this is what she’s going to need.’ I want people to realize they are so powerful that they are it’s like, be my motto, be the divine of who you are.”

Olds is now a consciousness coach, helping others who have suffered from trauma. She lives by the motto “Never not there — the Lord is never not there.”

Mikita asked if she believes in forgiveness. “Absolutely,” Olds replied. “I mean it’s really, really important. When I forgave, I could live my life.”

Mikita also wondered about her tiny roots of faith as a child and how that has changed.

“Faith is very strong and each time I went through these experiences and felt that support, felt the spirit there or an answer to a prayer or felt that support, those were roots were growing and growing,” Olds said. “And now it’s like you can’t see them. They’re too deep. They’re way too deep.”

As a young reporter covering this story, Mikita was assigned to try to talk to Old. It didn’t happen then. But 36 years later, she was very grateful to be able to tell her story.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — There were a number of strong messages during the first two sessions of General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressing the need for less strife and contention in society.

Speakers addressed the 2020 election and the nationwide protests over racial injustice over the summer.

It was the second conference where Church members participated only through technology. Saturday’s meetings were broadcast live from a theater inside the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, with leaders wearing masks and social distancing.

Music from the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square came from previous conference recordings.

President Russell M. Nelson talked about the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus on families and individuals.

“I grieve with each of you who has lost a loved one during this time, and I pray for all who are currently suffering,” she said.

Speaking about the growth of the Church, President Nelson said ground will have been broken on 20 new temples. During the pandemic, he said help has been rendered to thousands in need.

“We are gratified to report that the Church has provided pandemic humanitarian aid for 895 projects in 150 countries,” said Nelson.

Other Church leaders posed important life questions.

“What have we learned during these recent months of lifestyle adjustments and restrictions?” said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “What do we need to improve in our lives spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually?”

Sister Michelle D. Craig, First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency asked people to ponder the questions, “What am I doing that I should stop doing” and “What am I not doing that I should start doing?”

We live in a time of strong divisions, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, but are all equal to the Lord.

“The Savior’s ministry and message have consistently declared all races and colors are children of God. We are all brothers and sisters,” said Elder Cook.

Because of potential exposure to COVID-19, Elder Gerrit W. Gong did not attend the Saturday sessions, but delivered a pre-recorded message.

Church leaders addressed current events, including the upcoming election, and the summer’s nationwide protests over racial injustices.

President Dallin H. Oaks said members of the Church must do better at rooting out racism.

He spoke strongly about recent violence and our country’s ongoing concerns about racial discrimination, acknowledging that there have been injustices.

“This country should be better in eliminating racism, not only against Black Americans – who were most visible in the recent protests – but also against Latinos, Asians, and other groups,” said Oaks. “This nation’s history of racism is not a happy one, and we must do better.”

President Oaks also addressed the upcoming presidential election.

He referenced the Church’s Twelfth Article of Faith, written by the Prophet Joseph Smith after severe persecution in Missouri, that talks about obeying and sustaining the law.

“It also means that we peacefully accept the results of elections. We will not participate in the violence threatened by those disappointed with the outcome. In a democratic society, we always have the opportunity and the duty to persist peacefully until the next election,” he said.

President Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court Justice, said there will always be differences among candidates and policies, but that followers of Christ must forego the anger and hatred in the political process.

He said that the constitution protects peaceful protests, but that protesters don’t have a right to destroy or steal property.

President Oaks said that while his message used recent examples from the United States, the principles he taught are applicable worldwide.

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October 2020 General Conference Documentaries On KSL TV

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – During the October 2020 General Conference weekend of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KSL TV is pleased to present several new and returning, amazing, heart-felt and award-winning documentaries.

Here’s a look at the latest documentaries and other programming you can watch on KSL October 3-4.


Saturday, October 3

9:30-10 a.m. History of the Saints: Witnesses of the Prophet Joseph Smith

It is a law of God that truth is established by the testimony of witnesses. The Lord’s resurrection and living reality is attested by witnesses, as is every priesthood ordinance of salvation. So it is with the Prophet Joseph who stands at the head of this dispensation as prophet for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are many who left written testimonies of his character, personality, and prophetic calling. This History of the Saints special presentation shares the accounts of some of those witnesses.

10 a.m.-12 noon Saturday Morning Session of General Conference

12-12:30 p.m. Onward Ever Onward: A New Era in Missionary Work 

It’s an unprecedented day for missionary work in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The quick on-set of the pandemic generated the challenge of navigating thousands of people back to their homelands. Never before has the church had to negotiate the mass transit of so many missionaries so quickly. Decisions then had to be made on how to get missionaries back into the field.  Along the way a new era in missionary work has been born. Social media is now playing a key role in the miracle of conversion and missionaries are busier than ever. Incredible stories are emerging throughout the world as people are finding the need to turn to God in these troubling times. In this documentary we talk to those who have been directly affected by the changes. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles shares insight about what is happening and how it is impacting the missionary efforts worldwide.

12:30-1:30 p.m. For I Had Seen A Vision: 200 Years Later

The Spring of 2020 marks the 200th anniversary since Joseph Smith first prayed to God to know which church to join and received the First Vision. Carole Mikita takes a look at what this momentous revelation means in today’s world. Historians, church leaders and various artists reflect on how this event has shaped the course of history and what impact it has had in the world.

1:30-2 p.m. United In Prayer

Amid the global coronavirus pandemic people of many faiths have been called upon to come together in prayer and fasting. Millions have responded. And now with the help of the internet faithful believers from throughout the world share common ground in uniting in prayer. People are finding ways to connect with one another in new and unique ways despite the difficulties happening around them. Many say the power of these online connections and prayers is palatable and brings both hope and comfort. We follow the stories of some of these people as they share their experiences about the calming influence of these connections.

2-4 p.m. Saturday Morning Session of General Conference

4-4:30 p.m. One By One

Can one person make a difference when thousands are left homeless? That was a question Ron Batt asked himself after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico in the early hours of September 20th, 2017. Shortly after the storm, Ron spent a week there volunteering to pass out supplies to those in need. That week impacted him so deeply that he gave up his life in Utah and, over 2 years later, is still in Puerto Rico volunteering to rebuild homes one by one. Recovery from this type of devastation can take years,

thousands of houses are still waiting for repair. We travel to the Island to see the volunteer efforts of Ron and other non-profit organizations. Join us inside the homes of several families who have been helped. Hear how they have found hope and healing through the kind acts of others.

4:30-5 p.m. Heroes In Disguise

Mascots are the life of the party at any event they attend. But once the games are over and the crowds dispense many of these mascots continue their most important work anonymously in the community. Underneath the fur, feathers and fancy costumes are men and women with hearts of gold. Dan Rascon follows some of these Heroes in Disguise as they serve at various community gatherings. Without uttering a single word these lovable creatures share joy and happiness. At each of these gathering families are impacted, and kids’ are given hope. For some of these mascots it is their faith that drives their efforts, for others, it is a desire to give back to a community that has helped them. Hear the heartwarming stories of how lives have been changed.

6-8 p.m. Women’s Session of General Conference

Available to watch at KSLTV.com/live and the KSL TV app.


Sunday, October 4

9-9:30 a.m. President Russell M. Nelson: There is Much More to Come

Since members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sustained President Russell R. Nelson as the church’s 17th president two years ago, he has logged well over 115,000 miles — traveling to six continents, 32 nations and territories and 49 cities. He has met with members in large and small settings — often addressing them in their own language — and with world leaders. He has also reached out to victims of crime, comforted those grieving and acknowledged dozens of children. The goal of the 95-year-old world religious leader is “to build bridges of cooperation rather than walls of segregation.” It is the kind of outreach that touches entire congregations and individuals at the same time. It is a ministry that inspires the masses to look forward. “There is much more to come,” said President Nelson of the work, the 16 million Latter-day Saints and the global church he leads.

9:30-10 a.m. Music & The Spoken Word

10 a.m.-12 noon Sunday Morning Session of General Conference

12-1 p.m. We Remember

After 50 General Conference specials and dozens of trips around the globe, Carole Mikita has spent much of her life sharing stories about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has traveled alongside Prophets and Apostles to some of the most remote areas in the world, and some of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth. All along the way members of the church have shared inspiring stories about their faith and conversion. Carole revisits some of these stories and tells how it all began. Meet the KSL team of reporters, photographers, producers and editors who accompanied her as they reflect back and share deeply personal memories of times never to be forgotten!

1-2 p.m. World Report of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints

The World Report is a semiannual report of the news events around the world pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2-4 p.m. Sunday Afternoon Session of General Conference

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – During his concluding remarks at a historic General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced eight new temples, including one in Dubai, one in Shanghai, China, and another in Utah.

The announcement came at the end of the Sunday afternoon session of the 190th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The new temples will be built in the following locations:

  • Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Benin City, Nigeria
  • Syracuse, Utah
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

“In all eight locations, Church architects will work with local officials, so that the temple will harmonize with and be a beautiful addition to each community,” President Nelson said.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The April 2020 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued on Sunday morning from Temple Square. Both the Saturday and Sunday sessions of the 190th Annual General Conference were held virtually due to concerns about coronavirus. President Russell M. Nelson announced Saturday that there would be a worldwide solemn assembly and sacred Hosanna Shout during the Sunday morning session.

Sunday Morning

Dallin H. Oaks, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, welcomed Church members to the morning session. He said they were commemorating the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. “We hope you will be strengthened as you participate in the conference,” he said.

Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about the restoration of the church, and the fulfillment of prophecies. “It is a profound witness that Daniel’s words are being fulfilled as member of the Church from all over the world are watching and listening to the conference today,” he said.

Rasband also said people must prepare to receive the Lord, and all the was prophesied long ago. “What I am describing is a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that in the last days, nations shall flow unto the mountain of the Lord’s house. The great Salt Lake Temple stands in the center of that majesty and glory,” he said.

Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, spoke about the Lord’s invitation to “let our light so shine.” She gave examples of individuals who shared light with those around them. “You and I have enough light to share,” she said. “Ask yourself, ‘Who needs the light you have?'”

Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke next. He said he and his wife imagined themselves living in the early 1800s as they reflected on the restoration.

“What was once only hoped for, has now become history,” he said. He also said there are hopes that have not yet been fulfilled.

“Because the Restoration reaffirmed the foundational truth that God does work in this world, we can hope, we should hope even when facing the most insurmountable odds,” he said. He spoke about having hope to overcome the effects of COVID-19, and being committed to overcoming many world challenges. “Among our most indispensable virtues will be this precious gift of hope, linked inextricably  to our faith in God and our charity to others,” he said.

David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke about covenants, ordinances and blessings of the temples. He said the covenants of the temple are “essential to the sanctifying of our hearts.” He called it selfless service that brings people closer to the Savior. “We come to the temple to concur the world of evil,” he said.

President Russell M. Nelson concluded the morning session of the conference. He spoke about the disruption to many lives from COVID-19, earthquakes, fires, and more. However, joining together for conference brings needed light, he said. “Your love of and faith in the Savior may very well be the catalyst for someone to discover the restoration of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said. Nelson also spoke about overcoming fear and darkness. “When we are surrounded by uncertainty and fear, what helps the most is to hear his Son. When we seek to truly hear his son, we will be guided to know what to do in any circumstance.” He advised people not to listen to all of the things they see on social media. “We can go to the scriptures. They teach us about Jesus Christ and his gospel,” he said.“Daily immersion in the word of God is crucial for spiritual survival especially in these days of increasing upheaval.”

He also spoke about attending the temple. “When these restrictions from COVID-19 are lifted, please schedule regular time to worship and serve in the temple. It will bless your lives in ways nothing else can,” he said.

Nelson said they felt impressed to create a monument of words, “not to be carved in tables of stone, but to be etched in the fleshy tables of our hearts.

Nelson then announced the Church’s newest proclamation: “The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Bicentennial Proclamation to the World.”

“To prepare for today, I previously recorded this proclamation in the Sacred Grove,” he said. “Two hundred years have now elapsed since this Restoration was initiated by God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Millions throughout the world have embraced a knowledge of these prophesied events. We gladly declare that the promised Restoration goes forward through continuing revelation. The earth will never again be the same, as God will “gather together in one all things in Christ.”

After the video, Nelson said, “That is our bicentennial proclamation to the world. It has been translated into 12 languages.”

He then led the congregation, participating in their homes throughout the world, in the Hosanna Shout.

“Joseph Smith sealed his testimony with his blood. How I love him,” Nelson concluded.

 

Sunday Afternoon

Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke first in the Sunday afternoon session. He said those who prayerfully study the restoration will gain their own witness of its divinity. He then outlined the purpose of mortal life. “As spirits we desired to achieve the eternal life enjoyed by our Heavenly Parents. At that point we had progressed as far as we could without a mortal experience in a physical body,” he said.

Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about continuing revelation to prophets and personal revelation. The new proclamation represents loving communication from a Father to his children, Cook said.

“Personal revelation is available to all those who humbly seek guidance from the Lord. It is as important as prophetic revelation,” he said.

Ricardo Gimenez of the Quorum of the Seventy spoke about facing unexpected challenges. He quoted “Faith is the antidote to fear.” The single refuge is Jesus Christ and his atonement, Gimenez said. “In order to enjoy the refuge that Jesus Christ and His Atonement offer, we must have faith in Him — a faith that will allow us to rise above all the pains of a limited, earthly perspective.”

Deiter F. Uchtdorf spoke about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “To Him we dedicate our hearts, our lives, and our daily devotion,” he said. The church is structured to provide opportunities to practice the fundamentals of discipleship. “We have to diligently practice our craft,” Uchtdorf said.

He invited people around the world to meet with church members and missionaries online during this time of coronavirus concerns.

He also spoke about believing and learning, even when it’s difficult to do so. “We learn the important lessons of life through experience,” Uchtdorf said.

L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency of the Seventy, spoke about raising families and creating homes. Establishing homes is made by the people in it, he said. “The finest characteristic is the image of Christ reflected in the home’s residents.” He also encouraged members to go to the temple. “We can maintain our home’s close connection to His home by qualifying for and using a temple recommend as frequently as circumstances allow. As we do so, the holiness of the Lord’s house rests in our house as well.”

D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about the restoration belonging to the world. “Our invitations cannot be a matter of self-interest. Rather, they must be an expression of selfless love,” he said.

“We need to understand and live the principles of the gospel as best we can,” he said. What  you are lends authenticity to your invitation. “When you share the Book of Mormon, you share the restoration.”

President Russell M. Nelson concluded the conference. “We express our gratitude to the Lord,” he said. He reminded the congregation of the worldwide fasting invitation on April 10. “Hear him,” he said. “I promise that decreased fear and increased faith will follow.”

“It may seem odd to announced new temples when our temples are closed now,” Nelson said. “During times of our distress when temples are closed, you can still draw upon the power of your temple covenants.”

He announced plans to construct 8 new temples:

Nelson said in respect to the laws of China, the church does not send missionaries there, nor will they do so now. The Shanghai temple will not be a temple for tourists, and it will be by appointment only.

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