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>Family Values Award Presented at British Parliament

> London 5 March 2009 The United Kingdom Parliament provided a prestigious backdrop for the presentation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Family Values Award — the first time the honor has been awarded at the UK House of Commons. The award is given annually by the Church in the United Kingdom.


Left to right: Terry Rooney MP, Jill Kirby, Rt Hon John Battle MP, Elder Stephen Kerr, Area Seventy.© 2009 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights

The award was received by the Rt Hon John Battle MP, who served as former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s envoy to all faith communities in the UK. The award is presented to “members of the community who have achieved remarkable things that support families.”
The event was hosted by Terry Rooney MP and attended by members of the British legislature, leading academics, and opinion leaders with professional interest in family issues.
“We salute every one of you for the contribution that you’re making,” said Elder Stephen Kerr, area seventy of the Church, speaking at the special luncheon in the houses of Parliament.
He added, “The institution that will save our broken society is not Parliament, it is the home.” Quoting former Church President Harold B. Lee, Kerr remarked, “‘The greatest work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home’ — that’s why we will continue to celebrate family values.”  More on this story…

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>Hollywood Slams Strict Mormon Lifestyle On Big Love

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The Publicity Dilemma: Church Statement on Big Love

SALT LAKE CITY   |   9 March 2009   |   Like other large faith groups, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes finds itself on the receiving end of attention from Hollywood or Broadway, television series or books, and the news media. Sometimes depictions of the Church and its people are quite accurate. Sometimes the images are false or play to stereotypes. Occasionally, they are in appallingly bad taste, but the Church isn’t behind any member drives to attack back at Big Love, a television series. Despite earlier assurances from HBO it once again blurs the distinctions between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the show’s fictional non-Mormon characters and their practices. Such things say much more about the insensitivities of writers, producers and TV executives than they say about Latter-day Saints

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>Church Aid Goes To Kentucky and Arkansas

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Church Provides Aid in Aftermath of Southeast Ice Storms

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky   |   6 February 2009   |   As snow, ice and chilling winds continue to batter the southeast region of the United States, supplies from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are on the ground in Kentucky and Arkansas.  Full Story

>Drug or Alcohol Adiction Help

>Cover Story: Confronting Addiction in the LDS Community
Addiction: There was a time when the LDS community thought of it as a “Word of Wisdom” problem.  Now we know that many of those things we dismiss as “bad habits” are addictions and controlling us more than we know.
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>Church News Before Christmas 2008

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London England Temple

  • Angel Moroni takes flight to London Temple

    When 13-year-old Aaron Glover heard in his Bristol England Southmead Ward that a statue of Moroni was being placed on the spire of the London England Temple on Monday, Dec. 15, he “had a warm feeling,” and he just knew he “had to be there.” His mother got him excused from school, but how he was going to travel the 150 miles to the temple was unresolved.
  • This week in Church history

    The cornerstone of the London England Temple was placed by Elder Richard L. Evans of the Quorum of the Twelve during ceremonies May 11, 1957, according to the May 18, 1957, Church News.

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>Mormons Commemorate Oldest English Chapel

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Oldest LDS chapel in England refurbished and rededicated

Original Story Publishedby Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka LDS Church or Mormons): Saturday, May 6, 2000

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Following a six-year effort, more than 250 Church members here witnessed the rededication of England’s oldest LDS chapel April 23.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated the newly-renovated Gadfield Elm Chapel — constructed by members of the United Brethren in 1836 and given to the LDS Church in 1840 after 600 members of that faith joined the Church en masse, largely as a result of Wilford Woodruff’s missionary efforts.

A capacity congregation of 100 watched the redicatory service from inside the building on Easter, while another 150 gathered on the grounds outside the chapel.

This little country church building is one of the oldest chapels owned by the Church. On May 17, 1840, Brigham Young and Willard Richards addressed early Church members in the chapel; a month later the first conference of the British Mission, convened by Wilford Woodruff, was held in the building.

In 1842, the chapel was sold to assist the new British converts who were immigrating to America and during the next 152 years the building fell into disrepair.

Six years ago a group of members from the Cheltenham England Stake, spearheaded by Bishop Wayne Gardner of the Hereford Ward, Cheltenham England Stake, formed a charitable trust, hoping to purchase this historic site and restore it. With the help of private donors, the reconstruction of the stone walls, slate roof and wooden floors — plus the installation of windows and rough-hewn wooden pews — were recently completed.

Bishop Gardner said the chapel represents “a significant piece of our Church history.” He hopes hundreds of Church members visit the site each year and learn more about the Church’s rich English history. “This is where Wilford Woodruff preached,” he said. “This is where Brigham Young preached.”

And in the future, he added, many more Church leaders will have the opportunity to preach from the pulpit in the small building. Numerous firesides and smaller Church gatherings will be held in the building, he said.

>The History of The Mexico City Temple

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After functioning without interruption for 25 years, the temple closed its doors on 31 March 2007 for remodeling. The First Presidency – the highest governing body in the Church – has announced that after 19 months, the temple will open so the public can see it.

Guided tours will be offered from 20 October through 8 November 2008. These tours will be available on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, 16 November 2008, the Mexico City temple will be formally rededicated. Latter-day Saints from the region will attend two dedicatory sessions.

After its rededication, the temple will serve approximately 264,000 members of the Church who live in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Guerrero, Guanajuato, Morelos, Baja California Sur, Michoacán, Hidalgo, Puebla, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí.

The Mexico City temple was the first of 12 temples constructed in Mexico, and was originally dedicated on 2 December 1983.

Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through sacred ordinances such as marriage that unite families for this life and all eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants with God to serve Him and their fellow man. Temples differ from the Church’s meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services.

The history of the Church in Mexico City traces back to 1875, when Brigham Young, then president of the Church, sent Daniel Jones along with a small group of missionaries to Mexico City, where they distributed brochures to several Mexican leaders. One of these brochures fell into the hands of Plotino Rhodacanaty, who later became the first member of the Church in Mexico.

On 13 November 1879, the Church’s first congregation in Mexico City was organized with Rhodacanaty as its leader.

Currently, the Church has 212 stakes (similar to dioceses) and approximately 1,120,000 members throughout the country.