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'Not a protest': Student-led Rainbow Day at BYU to show solidarity with LGBTQ community

'Not a protest': Student-led Rainbow Day at BYU to show solidarity with LGBTQ community

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 3rd - 4:33pm

Allies and members of the LGBTQ community at BYU will be wearing rainbow colors on campus to show their solidarity with the group to mark the one-year anniversary of the school clarifying Honor Code confusion.
Take a virtual tour with Elder and Sister Holland of their hometown St. George as they discuss family history

Take a virtual tour with Elder and Sister Holland of their hometown St. George as they discuss family history

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:23pm

The annual RootsTech conference continued Saturday as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife Sister Pat Holland, took viewers on a family history tour of their hometown St. George.
The Church of Jesus Christ stands by opposition to Equality Act, instead calls for protection of religious freedom and LGBTQ community

The Church of Jesus Christ stands by opposition to Equality Act, instead calls for protection of religious freedom and LGBTQ community

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:50pm

"We stand by our statements from 2019 and reiterate the Church's support for equality and fairness. We could support legislation that provides protection for LGBT persons as well as people and institutions of faith. Both are possible and clearly required in a just society," spokesman Doug Andersen said in the statement.
'Women warriors': UVU President Astrid Tuminez shares family history at RootsTech conference

'Women warriors': UVU President Astrid Tuminez shares family history at RootsTech conference

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:01pm

As the first woman to serve as UVU's president, Astrid Tuminez reflects on the sacrifice her grandmother and mother, along with teachers and others in her life, have made that helped shape her path to the success she sees today.
Virtual conference to bring in record numbers for RootsTech 2021

Virtual conference to bring in record numbers for RootsTech 2021

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:06pm

This year's online RootsTech Connect conference kicks off Thursday and will be the largest in its 10-year history as more than 380,000 people are expected to virtually join the event.
Renderings of the Syracuse Utah Temple released

Renderings of the Syracuse Utah Temple released

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 16th - 11:43am

According to a rendering of the new temple, the building will not feature a gold Angel Moroni statue atop its spire.
Limited Primary activities with local approval permitted in Utah under updated church guidelines

Limited Primary activities with local approval permitted in Utah under updated church guidelines

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 12th - 2:32pm

The Utah Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints updated its COVID-19 guidelines on Friday to allow in-person Primary services to children, under the direction of local leaders.
Latter-day Saint leaders in Utah update COVID-19 guidelines for wards

Latter-day Saint leaders in Utah update COVID-19 guidelines for wards

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 4th - 1:17pm

"Infection rates in Utah remain high, slowing our ability to return to normal Church meetings and activities," the letter sent to local church leaders reads.
Latter-day Saints to continue virtual-only general conference in April due to COVID-19

Latter-day Saints to continue virtual-only general conference in April due to COVID-19

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 21st - 9:29am

The 191st Annual General Conference in April will be the third conference held virtually since the pandemic began.
Latter-day Saint leaders announce new location for temple in Tooele

Latter-day Saint leaders announce new location for temple in Tooele

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan 19th - 12:58pm

The temple, previously named the Tooele Valley Utah Temple, will now be called the Deseret Peak Utah Temple and will be built at the intersection of 2400 North and 400 West in Tooele, instead of its original site in Erda.
President Nelson and other eligible Latter-day Saint leaders receive COVID-19 vaccine

President Nelson and other eligible Latter-day Saint leaders receive COVID-19 vaccine

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan 19th - 11:11am

President Russell M. Nelson, along with seven other top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning.
Latter-day Saint leaders condemn politically motivated violence, encourage members to be Christlike

Latter-day Saint leaders condemn politically motivated violence, encourage members to be Christlike

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Updated Jan 15th - 4:46pm

Top leaders for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints condemned lawlessness, including the recent riot at the nation's Capitol.
Upcoming Temple Square renovations aimed at making grounds more inviting

Upcoming Temple Square renovations aimed at making grounds more inviting

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 11th - 4:43pm

It's been about one year since the renovations began on the Salt Lake Temple and now big changes are coming to the plaza in Temple Square.
Latter-day Saint handbook update adds section about prejudice, among other changes

Latter-day Saint handbook update adds section about prejudice, among other changes

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec 18th - 12:22pm

The Church updated its general handbook on Friday, adding new sections addressing prejudice, trustworthy sources and clarifying other policies.
Top Latter-day Saint leaders again test negative for COVID-19

Top Latter-day Saint leaders again test negative for COVID-19

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:27pm

Top leaders for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have again tested negative for the novel coronavirus after Elder Dale G. Renlund tested positive over the weekend, church officials announced Thursday.
Latter-day Saint leaders urge members to follow COVID-19 guidelines as 4 temples soon move to Phase 3 of reopening

Latter-day Saint leaders urge members to follow COVID-19 guidelines as 4 temples soon move to Phase 3 of reopening

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec 7th - 1:27pm

The Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple, Apia Samoa Temple, Brisbane Australia Temple and Taipei Taiwan Temple could enter the phase as soon as Dec. 21, church officials said.
Latter-day Saint leaders share message of peace, hope during annual Christmas devotional

Latter-day Saint leaders share message of peace, hope during annual Christmas devotional

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec 6th - 9:28pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its annual Christmas devotional Sunday, which was broadcast live from the Conference Center Theater on Temple Square.
Have You Seen This? Missionaries jump a lake on their bike, sort of

Have You Seen This? Missionaries jump a lake on their bike, sort of

John Clyde, KSL.com contributor  |  Posted Dec 1st - 6:32pm

If you were ever a missionary — or just an 18- to 21-year-old living with other 18- to 21-year-olds — you did some really stupid stuff. This is one such example.
Latter-day Saint leaders share Christmas message, express gratitude for #GiveThanks participation

Latter-day Saint leaders share Christmas message, express gratitude for #GiveThanks participation

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov 30th - 7:00pm

President Nelson expressed thanks to those who joined his social media initiative and invited all to continue sharing and serving others through the church's #LightTheWorld service campaign.