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Red Cliffs Utah Temple takes shape as construction continues

Red Cliffs Utah Temple takes shape as construction continues

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Oct. 7 - 8:32 a.m.

Nearly a year after ground was broken for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple in Washington Fields, the incoming Latter-day Saint temple has taken shape as a skeleton of steel and concrete has gradually risen from land once used for growing crops.
Renovating a pioneer temple: Inside the process of updating the Salt Lake Temple

Renovating a pioneer temple: Inside the process of updating the Salt Lake Temple

Mary Richards, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Oct. 4 - 7:05 a.m.

The renovation of the Salt Lake Temple is now in its 22nd month. And this incredibly huge project is moving along in every way toward connecting the past with the present and with the future.
13 new temple locations announced by President Nelson as conference closes

13 new temple locations announced by President Nelson as conference closes

Trent Toone, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 3 - 9:54 p.m.

Plans to build 13 new temples were announced by President Russell M. Nelson on Sunday at the end of the 191st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Renovation of the Provo Utah Temple was also announced.
The Tabernacle Choir has developed a Swiss cheese stack strategy for preventing COVID-19. Here's how it works

The Tabernacle Choir has developed a Swiss cheese stack strategy for preventing COVID-19. Here's how it works

Trent Toone, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 12:21 p.m.

Choir members are 'overjoyed' to be singing together again after more than 18 months apart.
As COVID-19 surges, First Presidency asks for masks in temples, urges vaccination

As COVID-19 surges, First Presidency asks for masks in temples, urges vaccination

Tad Walch, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 9:22 a.m.

Masks will be required in temples because of the resurgence of COVID-19, according to a letter released Wednesday by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
'Critical' piece of Salt Lake Temple's original roof gets replaced as renovation project continues

'Critical' piece of Salt Lake Temple's original roof gets replaced as renovation project continues

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 18 - 8:11 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered an update Wednesday to the ongoing Salt Lake Temple renovation project, including a focus on parts of the original 1800s construction that were recently replaced.
The discovery of the 'Nephite Coin': A pioneer mystery

The discovery of the 'Nephite Coin': A pioneer mystery

Ryan Boyce, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 29 - 9:01 p.m.

A "Nephite Coin" was discovered in the mid-1800s by Mormon pioneer Issac Chase. While it may be small, its story is global in scope.
If this flag could talk

If this flag could talk

Lee Benson, Deseret News  |  Posted July 24 - 7:11 p.m.

Another Pioneer Day celebration goes in the books this weekend and for the Sons of Utah Pioneers the festivities mean another significant addition to their clubhouse in Salt Lake City.
Gov. Cox declares July 23 as President M. Russell Ballard Day

Gov. Cox declares July 23 as President M. Russell Ballard Day

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Updated July 22 - 3:50 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox on Thursday officially declared July 23, 2021, as President M. Russell Ballard Day in Utah to honor the acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
What golf legend Gary Player had to say about Elder Uchtdorf

What golf legend Gary Player had to say about Elder Uchtdorf

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated June 26 - 10:32 a.m.

One of golf's biggest names recently played a round of golf with an apostle from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then shared his admiration for the high-ranking church leader.
What NAACP President Derrick Johnson told a Latter-day Saint congregation on Sunday

What NAACP President Derrick Johnson told a Latter-day Saint congregation on Sunday

Tad Walch, Deseret News  |  Posted June 13 - 5:57 p.m.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson stood Sunday morning at a pulpit and asked a Latter-day Saint congregation in Salt Lake City to build a wall of love and inclusion.
Church will reforest sacred Hill Cumorah, site of angel's visits to Joseph Smith

Church will reforest sacred Hill Cumorah, site of angel's visits to Joseph Smith

Tad Walch, Deseret News  |  Posted June 11 - 7:11 p.m.

The Hill Cumorah in Manchester, New York, will undergo long-term rehabilitation to preserve the site and share its story.
Temple Square reopening to the public as renovations continue

Temple Square reopening to the public as renovations continue

Colby Walker, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted June 8 - 6:01 p.m.

Utah's most visited tourist attraction at the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Temple Square, will be reopening to the public next Monday.
Church discontinues Saturday evening sessions of general conference

Church discontinues Saturday evening sessions of general conference

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 9:32 a.m.

The Saturday evening general conference sessions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be discontinued.
This $5 million Latter-day Saint donation means more to refugee resettlement in 2021

This $5 million Latter-day Saint donation means more to refugee resettlement in 2021

Tad Walch, Deseret News  |  Posted June 4 - 6:36 a.m.

As U.S. refugee resettlement agencies scramble to rebuild after four years of closures, cuts and losses, all nine agencies again will split $5 million in aid from Latter-day Saint Charities headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Utah Latter-day Saint temples to move to next phase of opening

Utah Latter-day Saint temples to move to next phase of opening

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 11:08 a.m.

All of Utah's operating temples will move forward to the next phase of opening starting next month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday.
Provo Missionary Training Center to reopen in late June, church announces

Provo Missionary Training Center to reopen in late June, church announces

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted May 24 - 9:27 a.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday that its missionary training centers across the world will begin reopening starting late next month.
'Music & the Spoken Word' host Lloyd Newell marks 30 years with weekly program

'Music & the Spoken Word' host Lloyd Newell marks 30 years with weekly program

Garna Mejia, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 21 - 7:33 p.m.

"Music & the Spoken Word" celebrates a new milestone in 2021, marking 30 years of its host Lloyd Newell sharing universal, inspirational messages of hope during the weekly broadcast with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.
2 Latter-day Saint missionaries from Utah, Colorado killed in Texas car crash

2 Latter-day Saint missionaries from Utah, Colorado killed in Texas car crash

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19 - 8:53 a.m.

Two Latter-day Saint missionaries were killed in a head-on crash in Denton, Texas.
Crews recover original nails used to build Salt Lake Temple; work on new tunnel underway

Crews recover original nails used to build Salt Lake Temple; work on new tunnel underway

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 6 - 12:17 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published an update to its Temple Square renovation project, sharing discoveries of old construction and updates to new construction.
Utahns rejoice with announcement of new Latter-day Saint temple in Ephraim and preservation of Manti Temple

Utahns rejoice with announcement of new Latter-day Saint temple in Ephraim and preservation of Manti Temple

Tad Walch, Deseret News  |  Updated May 1 - 4:35 p.m.

In a historic and unique announcement, a new temple has been announced in Ephraim, on Saturday morning.
7 more Latter-day Saint temples in Utah reopen for limited youth attendance

7 more Latter-day Saint temples in Utah reopen for limited youth attendance

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Updated April 26 - 1:03 p.m.

The temples have reopened to phase 2-B, meaning the baptistry will now be opened up to small groups with a special focus on those with limited-use temple recommends.
Tabernacle Choir cancels Pioneer Day concert but plans to resume auditions

Tabernacle Choir cancels Pioneer Day concert but plans to resume auditions

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted April 23 - 11:19 a.m.

Applications to audition for the 2022 season open June 1 and close on Aug. 15. To join the choir, applicants must be good-standing members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, between 25 and 55 years old, and live within 100 miles of the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.
Latter-day Saint missionaries encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccine; shots required for those going abroad

Latter-day Saint missionaries encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccine; shots required for those going abroad

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted April 23 - 9:53 a.m.

Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should protect themselves against COVID-19 by getting the vaccine, church officials advised on Friday.
Utah man believes he may have found tomb commissioned for Joseph Smith

Utah man believes he may have found tomb commissioned for Joseph Smith

Garna Mejia, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 19 - 9:17 a.m.

A St. George, Utah man may have uncovered a tomb commissioned for Joseph Smith — in the most unlikely of places in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Slavery and racism are sins against families, Black BYU professor shares at campus devotional

Slavery and racism are sins against families, Black BYU professor shares at campus devotional

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted April 8 - 7:11 p.m.

"Slavery was and is a sin against the family," Ryan Gabriel said. "Without question, it is a sin to believe the color of one's skin or the cultural heritage makes one inherently better than another."
Church members call for stricter preservation efforts on Manti Temple renovations

Church members call for stricter preservation efforts on Manti Temple renovations

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Updated April 7 - 4:21 p.m.

The Manti Temple holds the only murals from the pioneer period from several artists including C.C.A. Christensen, Minerva Teichert, John Hafen, J.B. Fairbanks and Dan Weggeland.
'For every race, language and people': 5 lessons from an increasingly international Latter-day Saint conference

'For every race, language and people': 5 lessons from an increasingly international Latter-day Saint conference

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 4 - 9:10 p.m.

Here are five key takeaways we learned from the 191st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
President Nelson announces 20 more temples, including second in Cache Valley

President Nelson announces 20 more temples, including second in Cache Valley

Sean Walker and Xoel Cardenas, KSL.com  |  Updated April 4 - 4:42 p.m.

President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for 20 more temples around the world — including a second temple in Cache Valley in Utah.
How to watch general conference over Easter weekend

How to watch general conference over Easter weekend

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Updated April 1 - 4:51 p.m.

Here's how you can watch this weekend's general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Modern technology allows organ enthusiast to play Italy's oldest instruments from his Utah home

Modern technology allows organ enthusiast to play Italy's oldest instruments from his Utah home

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted April 1 - 9:02 a.m.

John Hoopes can play the pipe organs he grew to love while serving two religious missions in Italy from his Utah home thanks to a sampling software.
In handbook update, church adds policies on vaccinations, affinity fraud — among other changes

In handbook update, church adds policies on vaccinations, affinity fraud — among other changes

Josh Furlong, KSL.com  |  Posted March 31 - 8:03 p.m.

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to make progress on a long-term update to the faith's handbook.
Here's an update on all the Latter-day Saint temples planned, under construction or renovation in Utah

Here's an update on all the Latter-day Saint temples planned, under construction or renovation in Utah

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted March 30 - 8:07 a.m.

Utah is on its way to having 25 temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here's an update on where temples have been announced and how construction is going.
President Nelson shares Palm Sunday message ahead of Easter, general conference

President Nelson shares Palm Sunday message ahead of Easter, general conference

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted March 28 - 12:02 p.m.

President Russell M. Nelson said individuals across the globe have been dealing with the impact of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and offered a way they can find hope and peace.
Church to break ground on 2 Utah temples this summer

Church to break ground on 2 Utah temples this summer

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted March 16 - 9:45 a.m.

The Deseret Peak Utah Temple groundbreaking will be held in May and the groundbreaking for the Syracuse Utah Temple is scheduled for June.
Elder Uchtdorf says oversight led to campaign donations made in his name to Biden, others

Elder Uchtdorf says oversight led to campaign donations made in his name to Biden, others

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Updated March 12 - 3:01 p.m.

Donations to President Joe Biden and other political campaigns were made in the name of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in what the church leader said was an "oversight."
Church announces changes to Salt Lake Temple amid renovations; Manti Temple project to start this year

Church announces changes to Salt Lake Temple amid renovations; Manti Temple project to start this year

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted March 12 - 10:17 a.m.

Top among the changes will not be in the exterior building of the Salt Lake Temple, but indoors; a live presentation for an endowment session will no longer be hosted in the temple.
University of Utah to award President Nelson with honorary degree for work in medical field

University of Utah to award President Nelson with honorary degree for work in medical field

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted March 11 - 2:22 p.m.

President Nelson, who dedicated his career to cardiothoracic surgery, helped Utah become the third state in the nation where a successful open-heart surgery was performed decades ago.
Reward offered for information on recent Provo church arson

Reward offered for information on recent Provo church arson

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted March 4 - 3:45 p.m.

Federal and local authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information on who set a Provo meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on fire last week.
'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 March 3 - 4:33 p.m.

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. 27 - 4:23 p.m.

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. 27 - 1:50 p.m.

"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. 26 - 7:01 p.m.

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. 22 - 7:06 p.m.

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. 16 - 11:43 a.m.

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. 12 - 2:32 p.m.

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. 4 - 1:17 p.m.

"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. 21 - 9:29 a.m.

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. 19 - 12:58 p.m.

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. 19 - 11:11 a.m.

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. 15 - 4:46 p.m.

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. 11 - 4:43 p.m.

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. 18 - 12:22 p.m.

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. 10 - 7:27 p.m.

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. 7 - 1:27 p.m.

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. 6 - 9:28 p.m.

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. 1 - 6:32 p.m.

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. 30 - 7:00 p.m.

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.
Latter-day Saint #LightTheWorld campaign continues despite COVID-19 setbacks

Latter-day Saint #LightTheWorld campaign continues despite COVID-19 setbacks

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 2:11 p.m.

Giving Machines, large red vending machines that allow people to purchase items to donate to charity, won't be available this year but the church is hoping people are just as generous as in years past.