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Speedskater Ben Thornock returns from LDS Church mission to make a run at Beijing Olympics

Ben Thornock might nearly neglect concerning the Olympics whereas serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northern Japan. He had no entry to tv or the web and was restricted to at least one electronic mail every week, from his dad and mom, as he targeting proselytizing for his church. Each occasionally, although, the Taylorsville Excessive graduate’s route would take him previous a retailer with a TV. He’d catch a glimpse of a speedskater, and he’d really feel a pang in his coronary…

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Jana Riess: LDS Church’s plan for reopening doesn’t go far sufficient

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a two-phased plan for reopening church conferences and actions. I don’t imagine the primary section, which is about to start in some elements of the world, is strict sufficient to make sure folks’s security proper now once we’re nonetheless very a lot within the warmth of this pandemic. Though the doc makes use of phrases like “cautious” and “warning” and emphasizes repeatedly the necessity to comply with authorities security protocols wherever members reside on the planet, the church’s tips go…

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LDS Church inventory riches drop by $Eight billion, because it sells Exxon shares, buys Zoom

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ largest funding fund plunged by 21% within the first quarter of 2020 as inventory managers reallocated the multibillion-dollar portfolio amid the slumping coronavirus financial system. By comparability, the Dow Jones Industrial Common declined about 23% over the identical time interval. Ensign Peak Advisors, the funding arm of the Salt Lake Metropolis-based religion, reported to federal regulators that the worth of its inventory holdings fell by $8.1 billion, to $29.7 billion, throughout that three-month span. This inventory account seems to symbolize a big…

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LDS Church unveils plan to section in resumption of worship companies

Latter-day Saints in numerous components of the world could also be worshipping collectively once more quickly, relying on what their native and authorities leaders dictate based mostly on COVID-19 of their area. All public gatherings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had been suspended March 12, however now some will begin up once more, according to a letter Tuesday from the governing First Presidency to the religion’s common and native lay leaders. “We now authorize some conferences and actions to be resumed on a restricted foundation utilizing…

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Plans for an LDS temple in Shanghai could have hit an impediment

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could have hit a bump within the highway — someplace between a pebble and a boulder — with its temple plans in Shanghai. Nelson, who has long-standing ties to Shanghai, was cautious in how he described the holy house to be established there. “In Shanghai, a modest, multipurpose assembly place will present a approach for Chinese language members to proceed to take part in ordinances of the temple … for them and their ancestors,” Nelson informed his world viewers. It was prompted…

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First LDS missionary identified to have died of COVID-19 was a beloved Utah instructor

The primary missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints identified to have died of the coronavirus is Allen Dee Tempo, from Willard, Utah. Tempo, who contracted COVID-19 whereas serving a senior mission within the Detroit space, was a a lot appreciated retired theater instructor at Bear River Excessive Faculty in Garland. He died Saturday at age 68 after battling the virus for weeks, the final three in an intensive care unit. He was being taken care of by his spouse, Nedra, and one in all his daughters.…

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Moist garments, empty streets, shock endings: LDS missionary tales from a pandemic

Most likely no cohort of missionaries in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 190-year historical past has ever collectively skilled something just like the 2020 international coronavirus. However this 12 months’s crop of missionaries has been quarantined, shuffled round, reassigned and launched — many may be recalled at a yet-to-be decided future date, when the world returns to regular. And all of it came about inside just some months’ time. They’ve a lot in frequent, however their tales are as different because the 67,000 men and women who…

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LDS Church points tips for baptisms, blessings and extra in the course of the coronavirus disaster

Many non secular rites in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — from blessings and baptisms to confirmations and ordinations — are tactile experiences, requiring person-to-person contact. Find out how to transfer ahead with these features of religion throughout a worldwide pandemic that always forbids such hands-on interactions has been a barrier for a lot of members in the course of the coronavirus disaster, particularly in a faith with a male-only priesthood. On Friday, the Utah-based church’s ruling First Presidency offered guidelines to assist Latter-day Saints and their…

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Time-lapse video exhibits early work on renovation of LDS Church’s Salt Lake Temple

A brand new video exhibits what’s occurred within the first 4 months of renovation work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ iconic Salt Lake Temple — all in about 30 seconds. To this point, it’s extra digging than constructing. The view seems to be down on the temple’s south facet and the courtyard space between the temple and the place the South Guests’ Heart was once. The video exhibits crews eradicating the small fountain in that courtyard, and digging up the sod and sidewalks round it. Then,…

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LDS Church plant retains cranking out pasta, however work guidelines have modified throughout coronavirus

Editor’s be aware: The Salt Lake Tribune is offering readers free entry to vital native tales in regards to the coronavirus throughout this time of heightened concern. See extra protection here. To help journalism like this, please think about donating or turn out to be a subscriber. Kaysville’s large Deseret Mill and Pasta Plant, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has remained open in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, whereas many different Utah companies have shut down. In any case, beneath Gov. Gary…

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