President Uchtdorf visits Provo City Center Temple, ‘Studio C’ cast and other local attractions

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President Uchtdorf at construction site of Provo City Center Temple


Putting a bright orange vest over his suit coat and wearing a hard hat, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, got an up-close look at the construction that is transforming the ruins of the Provo Tabernacle into the Provo City Center Temple.

“Though it’s still a construction site, you can already feel the beauty of the completed temple,” he said. “I am looking forward to when it will be dedicated and used by the many young people and Church members of all walks of life who will go to the temple right there in the heart of the city. It’s wonderful to see that even though the tabernacle burned down it is coming back more beautiful than ever before.”

The tabernacle was gutted by fire that broke out on Dec. 17, 2010. During the October 2011 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced plans to reconstruct the edifice as a temple, later named as the Provo City Center Temple.

President Uchtdorf visited the temple site on Aug. 21. He and Andy Kirby, project manager, climbed scaffolding surrounding the temple.

“I saw on the walls some of the stones colored by the fire. I felt sad that the tabernacle burned down, but it is rising like the phoenix from the ashes and will bring about something much greater.

“I had the privilege of speaking at stake conferences in the Provo Tabernacle and was able to meet and sing with the members there. Now, one can see how this edifice has been elevated in preparation for a higher purpose. The tabernacle has blessed the Saints spiritually and temporally. The temple will provide eternal blessings to those living now and to future generations, descendants of those who built the tabernacle.”

President Uchtdorf spoke with admiration of those who built the Provo Tabernacle, which was dedicated in 1898 by Elder George Q. Cannon. He described some of the sandstones and bricks from the original structure that are being reused in the temple’s construction and spoke of the craftsmanship that went into building the tabernacle.

“From the scaffolding around the temple all the way up to the highest level, I could see how the sandstones were put in place. The bricks were mostly made by hand. The slate roof was beautifully done.

“Back then, many who worked on the tabernacle were volunteers. It isn’t like now where we have professional contractors and construction crews. Most were volunteers who went after their regular jobs, fulfilling the hours they committed to render this volunteer service. As you see the stones and the bricks, you can feel how these men and women bent their backs and worked hard, with a heart full of joy, to build a place to worship their God. I’m pleased that even though the tabernacle burned down, something greater is coming out of it. Those who built the tabernacle will be pleased it was not destroyed but has been reborn, in a way, to a higher purpose.”

President Uchtdorf made two trips to Provo during the week. On Aug. 20, he and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, visited the recently remodeled Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, which features wildlife artwork and carvings by President Boyd K. Packer (Please see Church News, June 2, 2014).

Afterward, they met with the BYU football team, where President Uchtdorf offered encouragement to the players and staff and participated in a question/answer period.


President and Sister Uchtdorf with cast of Studio C

On Aug. 21, before visiting the temple site, President and Sister Uchtdorf toured the BYU Broadcasting building. While there, they stopped in at a dress rehearsal for BYU Television’s “Studio C,” and spoke with the cast and crew.

Part of President and Sister Uchtdorf’s visit to Provo was something of a sentimental journey. “When they have BYU Campus Education Week, we like to spend an hour or so on campus and see how things are going,” he said. “Harriet and I and our children participated way back when our children were small. We went to all different kinds of presentations and made friends with people sitting next to us. Sometimes I wish I could go again and just sit in, but it’s kind of difficult now to do that.”

President Uchtdorf said he felt an excitement on the campus. “People were rushing from one event to another, talking and visiting. You could see the sociality. People came together – couples, friends, families. It was just as we remembered it back when we attended. Education Week is a wonderful experience.”

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Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words

In Your Own Words is a regular sampling of online articles, blog posts and social media that represent some of the current conversations about Mormonism. The posts in this series do not necessarily represent the views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nor are they meant to be a comprehensive summary of the online conversations about the Church. The intent is to highlight social media content from individuals that will help journalists and the public better understand Mormonism.

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Meridian Idaho Temple Groundbreaking

The Meridian Idaho Temple groundbreaking was held Saturday, 23 August 2014. Hundreds of people attended the groundbreaking in person, and the proceedings were broadcast by satellite to Latter-day Saint chapels in the area. Here are a few of the comments and photos posted online about the event:

“What an amazing experience to be able to witness the ground breaking for the Meridian LDS Temple, and being able to turn the soil. (: #temple #groundbreaking #amazing #beautiful # LDS #mormon #meridiantemple #turningsoil #ElderBednar” @morgs2016

“What an amazing opportunity it has be been today to meet Elder Bednar and attend the groundbreaking of the #MeridianTemple. I am so grateful for this church. #lds” @jporte27

Elder Bednar Encourages the Use of Technology and Social Media

Last week, Elder David A. Bednar called for Mormons to use social media to “sweep the earth as with a flood” with authentic and uplifting messages. Elder Bednar’s address created quite a buzz on various social media channels:

“‘The Lord is hastening His work, and it is no coincidence that these powerful communication innovations and inventions are occurring in this dispensation of the fullness of times.’ - Elder Bednar #ShareGoodness #sweeptheearthaswithaflood Amazing talk today!!! Exciting times! Love this church! Love the apostles and prophet!” @kariknell

The use of the hashtag #ShareGoodness (inspired by Elder Bednar’s address) continues to grow as people try to follow the counsel to spread positive messages online. For example, we found this tweet by a group of youth who started a website earlier this year to share their beliefs:

“Meet the Mormons” Movie

A wave of excitement rippled across the Internet following Elder Bednar’s announcement of “Meet the Mormons,” a new movie produced by the Church.

“Announcement from #ElderBednar at today’s #BYUDevo: new major motion picture from the @ldschurch_. See Also see a revamped #MeetTheMormons #ShareGoodness #BYU #BYUEdWeek”@big_micool

Some were also lucky enough to see a premiere at Brigham Young University:

“The Armstrong Family after the #BYU #EducationWeek premier of #MeetTheMormons!! Love these guys — some of the nicest, most humble, and beautiful people you’ll ever meet. Their story will make you cry, guaranteed. In theaters 10/10/2014. ❤️” @thatfunnyface

For more information, visit our Meet the Mormons Movie topic page.

Ogden Utah Temple Open House

Temple open houses are an exciting time for members of the Church who live nearby. Among the hundreds of thousands who are expected to tour the Ogden Utah Temple, many have posted about their experiences on social media:

“I love temples! #Familiesareforever #sharegoodness” @jarron.b

The Ogden Utah Temple is open for free public tours until Saturday, 6 September 2014.

As a New School Year Starts for Some, Seminary Classes Resume

Seminary is a worldwide, four-year religious educational program for youth ages 14 through 18. It is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is open to teenagers of all faiths. Hundreds of thousands of Mormon youth attend seminary. A lifelong study of sacred scripture often begins in seminary.

Many seminary teachers are volunteers, such as this woman:

“My hubby loves how late I have to stay up every night to finish my lessons

New family history apps take ancestor hunting on the go


By Ryan Morgenegg - LDS Church News

With the advances in technology in recent years, family history work is becoming easier and more convenient to do. Many time-consuming tasks people used to do can be done in moments. With mobile technology, family history work can be done almost anywhere. Two new mobile apps have been produced to assist people in this important work: FamilySearch Family Tree and FamilySearch Memories. Both are available in the Apple and Android app stores. These new mobile apps allow a person to capture memories, interviews, photos and media sources from convenient locations such as a retirement home or care center, a restaurant, in the car or at a family reunion. Everything a person captures will sync with whenever a connection is active. Information will be accessible from any device and will be preserved for future generations. Both of these new apps are free. FamilySearch Family Tree is a mobile companion to the robust This app makes it easy to add photos, stories and audio recordings to the profile of an ancestor within a person’s family tree. Adding to or updating an ancestral profile with more details such as names, dates and relationships is not currently available but will be available in the near future. This mobile companion to FamilySearch puts the power of heritage in an individual’s hands. Capturing important family moments like holidays, reunions and memorials is made easy with a mobile device. One user of the app said, “My family and I visited a few villages where my ancestors lived. It was great to have quick access to birth and death places, along with their photos.” Another user said she enjoys the ability to make connections with her ancestors almost anywhere. She said, “I took the Family Tree app to a cemetery with my parents and children. There was a deep connection with our ancestors as we saw their photos and stories in the tree.” People can get to know their family stories like never before. The names of ancestors come alive as people discover their adventures, defeats and triumphs. Sharing discoveries about ancestors can be exciting and this app makes it easy. Learn something new about personal family stories while waiting in a grocery line, for laundry to dry or at the airport. Parents can share content with their children at bedtime or with family on Facebook. Another user of the app said, “Last night I used the Family Tree app to tell my 6-year-old a bedtime story. He was instantly entranced. Even after 45 minutes of reading stories, my son wanted more.” Preserving memories is important and FamilySearch Family Tree helps users add their favorite family photos, stories and documents to the tree for others to enjoy for years to come. Simple tools help users create a family story that can influence generations and the best part is that these things are archived free forever. Available for iOS 7+ and Android 2.3+. The second of the new apps is FamilySearch Memories. It makes it easy to collect, preserve and share favorite family memories. A person can quickly record photos, video and audio to capture events, heirlooms, pictures and family history stories. They can tag people and events, and then sync them to They can also make voice recordings. One user of this app said, “Memories made for an awesome family night. We listened to stories I’ve never heard before. I can imagine sharing my dad’s life stories, told in his own voice, with my grandkids!” Recording a person’s life story is easy now with built-in recording options. Save meaningful memories before it’s too late. Now a user can tag people to Family Tree. First identify the people featured in a photo, story or recording and then automatically add that memory to the individual’s collection in FamilySearch Family Tree. A user said, “I saw my ancestors differently. There were things I had missed seeing before. I love that I can tap into tags and see the photo with and without names.” Even when not connected to the Internet, the app captures all of the information put in and then syncs to when there is an Internet connection. The moments shared are stored free forever. Children and teenagers can get excited with this new technology. Write family stories, jokes and sayings with a keyboard or use the mic key to capture what a person speaks. Sharing family stories, jokes and sayings can be done on the go. For example, simply adding faces to many of the names in a family tree adds depth. Bedtime, car rides, or any family get-together are immediately more meaningful. Available for iOS 7+with the Android version coming soon.


Fort Lauderdale Temple Named Best Cultural/Worship Project by Top Southeast Contractors

Engineering News-Record (ENR) announced that the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the best cultural/worship construction project in the Southeast. This is the 14th year for ENR Southeast’s annual project excellence program, which recognizes the best construction and design achievements in the four-state region of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. The Church dedicated the temple on 4 May 2014.

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Top contractors in the region submitted the projects to judges who recognized 44 projects in 19 different categories.

The temple and other projects will be highlighted in the upcoming November issue of ENR Southeast and will be recognized at a luncheon on 11 November in Orlando, Florida.

Visit ENR’s website to learn more about the annual program.

See also: The Process of Building a Mormon Temple

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Ground Broken for Meridian Idaho Temple


Officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community leaders in Meridian, Idaho, on Saturday, 23 August 2014, to break ground for a new temple.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the ceremony. He was joined by Elder Kent F. Richards, executive director of the Temple Department. Several community and civic leaders also attended, with Meridian Mayor Tammy deWeerd, Eagle Mayor James Reynolds and Ada County Commissioner Dave Case joining Elder Bednar to turn the first shovels of dirt on the project.

Speaking to the Church members in attendance, Elder Bednar said, “Let your gratitude continue long beyond this day, beyond the day of dedication, into the years when this temple will be a beacon and a light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Elder Richards added that Church members now have an opportunity to “prepare for the day when this temple will be ready for you to enter in and participate in those marvelous works with your own family ties and be connected therein.”

The Meridian Idaho Temple was announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson at the Church’s April 2011 general conference. There are currently four operating temples in Idaho, in Idaho Falls, Boise, Rexburg and Twin Falls. There are about 426,000 Latter-day Saints in Idaho.


Temple services bind families together forever, teach the purpose of life and explain God’s plan of salvation. Temple attendance emphasizes personal spiritual growth and strengthens Latter-day Saints’ commitment to follow the example of Jesus Christ.

There are currently 170 temples throughout the world either in operation, under construction or announced. Two are being renovated.

LDS Magazines for September are Now Available!

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The Ensign, New Era and Friend magazines are now available in the LDS Scriptures Premium and LDS Scriptures Premier apps for Android, Kindle Fire, Nook and Blackberry. They will automatically download and install on Monday, September 1st, OR you can download them right now.

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Apostle Calls for Uplifting Social Media Messages to Sweep the Earth

Elder Bednar also announces new Church feature film, ‘Meet the Mormons’


Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called for Mormons to use social media to “sweep the earth” with authentic and uplifting messages.

His message, given Tuesday during a Brigham Young University Education Week devotional in Provo, Utah, focused on the power of the Internet and particularly social media to communicate truth. Elder Bednar called our time a “unique season in the history of the world,” in which we are blessed with “a miraculous progression of innovations and inventions that have enabled and accelerated the work of salvation.”

“Approximately 40 percent of our worldwide missionary force soon will be using digital devices as tools in the work of conversion, retention, and activation,” he said. “I am confident all of us also recognize how technology has accelerated family history and temple work, our individual and family study of the restored gospel, and made it possible for us to learn about, see, and experience the world in remarkable ways.”

Elder Bednar pointed to recent social media efforts by the Church and its members, including an Easter video, Because of Him, which was viewed more than five million times in 191 countries and territories around the world during Easter week.

He cited other examples, such as the hundreds of people who used the #didyouthinktopray hashtag to share a photo with a placard telling when they pray, which led to more than 40,000 conversations about the need for prayer.

“I now extend to you the invitation to help transform the trickle into a flood. Beginning at this place on this day, I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth — messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy — and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood,” urged Elder Bednar. “I pray we will not simply participate in a flash flood that rises swiftly and then recedes just as rapidly.”

Elder Bednar encouraged listeners to be authentic and consistent when using social media and to only share content that uplifts and edifies. “We should not exaggerate, embellish, or pretend to be someone or something we are not. Our content should be trustworthy and constructive. Anonymity on the Internet is not a license to be inauthentic.”

“We and our messages should seek to edify and uplift rather than to argue, debate, condemn, or belittle,” explained Elder Bednar. “Be courageous and bold but not overbearing in sustaining and defending our beliefs, and avoid contention. As disciples our purpose should be to use social media channels as a means of projecting the light and truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ into a world that increasingly is dark and confused.”

During his address, Elder Bednar also announced the release of “Meet the Mormons.” The film is a documentary feature produced by the Church that will make its debut in select theaters in the U.S. on 10 October.

“This movie is one additional way members can share their beliefs with family and friends in a simple and effective way,” he told thousands of attendees gathered at the Marriott Center and tuned in to the live broadcast of his address. “’Meet the Mormons’ addresses common misperceptions about our beliefs and highlights the blessings that come from living the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The movie tells the stories of six diverse Latter-day Saints: engineer and humanitarian Bishnu Adhikari who is originally from Nepal; Ken Niumatalolo, the head football coach of the U.S. Naval Academy; Carolina Muñoz Marin, an amateur kickboxer from Costa Rica who runs a charity with her husband; Jermaine Sullivan, an academic counselor and bishop in Atlanta, Georgia; Utah missionary mom Dawn Armstrong; and Col. Gail Halvorsen (Ret.), the man known as “the candy bomber” during the Berlin Airlift in the 1940s. (Learn more about “Meet the Mormons.”)

All proceeds from the film will go to charity.

Elder Bednar stressed that Church members need not spend inordinate amounts of time creating and sharing elaborate messages nor become social media experts or fanatics. “Too much time can be wasted, too many relationships can be harmed or destroyed, and precious patterns of righteousness can be disrupted when technology is used improperly. We should not allow even good applications of social media to overrule the better and best uses of our time, energy, and resources.”

Public Invited to Tour Newly Remodeled Ogden Utah Temple


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The Ogden Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open for free public tours beginning Friday, 1 August, through Saturday, 6 September 2014, excluding Sundays. Reservations for the open house can be made by visiting the website (a maximum of 25 reservations can be made at a time) or by calling 1-855-537-2000. Larger group reservations may also be accommodated by calling this number.

Once the open house has concluded, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 21 September 2014. Three dedicatory sessions will be broadcast at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to Latter-day Saint meetinghouses throughout Utah and in areas of Wyoming and Idaho within the temple’s district.

Once rededicated, the Ogden Utah Temple will be one of 143 operating temples of the Church worldwide and will serve more than 200,000 Latter-day Saints living in northern Utah and parts of Wyoming and Idaho.

In conjunction with the temple rededication, there will also be two cultural celebrations featuring music and dance on Saturday, 20 September 2014.

As part of the renovation, the temple’s entire exterior has been reshaped with new stone and art glass. The temple’s main entrance was moved from the west side to the east side, where it faces Washington Boulevard, one of the city’s main streets. The renovation of the temple also includes reconfigured rooms and new energy-saving electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. Other notable improvements include adding underground parking, new landscaping of the temple block, and the addition of a major water feature.

The Ogden Utah Temple was originally dedicated in 1972 as the 14th operating temple of the Church and the 5th in Utah. It will be one of 14 dedicated temples in Utah. The other 13 include the Bountiful Temple, Brigham City Temple, Draper Temple, Jordan River Temple, Logan Temple, Manti Temple,Monticello Temple, Mount Timpanogos Temple, Oquirrh Mountain Temple, Provo Temple, Salt Lake Temple, St. George Temple, and Vernal Temple. Additional temples have been announced or are under construction in Provo, Payson, and Cedar City.

The Ogden temple is located at 350 22nd Street in Ogden, Utah.

While the Church’s 18,000-plus meetinghouses are open to all people who wish to attend religious services temples, after they are formally dedicated, are open only to faithful Latter-day Saints. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make promises to serve Jesus Christ and their fellowmen.


LDS Magazines for July are Now Available!

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The Ensign, New Era and Friend magazines are now available in the LDS Scriptures Premium and LDS Scriptures Premier apps for Android, Kindle Fire, Nook and Blackberry. They will automatically download and install on Tuesday, July 1st, OR you can download them right now.

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1) Open app, tap the green ellipsis icon and then tap Download


2) Tap Ensign to download Ensign, or tap Publications to download New Era and Friend