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Top 10 LDS stories on UtahValley360 in 2016

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Before we head into the new year, we’re taking a look back at what we’ve done in the past. In LDS news during 2016, we saw tragedy and we saw hope. We saw laughter and we saw learning. Here are 10 of UtahValley360’s top stories from 2016.

10. 5 family history tools even teenagers will love

(Image courtesy Mormon Newsroom.)

(Image courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

If your teenager thinks family history is for “old people,” these resources might have them changing their minds. Read it here.

9. If Book of Mormon people were sorted into Hogwarts houses

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It’s no secret — Mormons love Harry Potter. For fun, we sorted a few Book of Mormon characters into Hogwarts houses and the results caused a lot of discussion. Do you believe this is how the sorting hat would have sorted these Book of Mormon individuals? Read it here.

8. Why Ty Detmer joined the LDS Church at BYU

In the weeks after the Miami win, Ty and the BYU media relations team fielded requests from major news outlets including Sports Illustrated. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

In the weeks after the Miami win, Ty and the BYU media relations team fielded requests from major news outlets including Sports Illustrated. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Ty Detmer bleeds blue, but it wasn’t always that way for the LDS convert. The Heisman trophy winner and new BYU football offensive coordinator’s conversion story reminds us to be good roommates. Read it here.

7. Mormon missionary meets President Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama, Sindi Bailey and Elder Brendan Bailey at the White House on May 9, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Bailey family)

U.S. President Barack Obama, Sindi Bailey and Elder Brendan Bailey at the White House on May 9, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Bailey family)

Earlier this year Elder Brendan Bailey traded in his basketball shoes for a black LDS missionary name tag and boarded a plane to Washington, D.C. Not too long afterward, Elder Bailey joined his father — who won the NCAA championship at North Carolina State University in 1983 but did not travel to meet then–President Ronald Reagan — at the White House to meet President Barack Obama. Read it here.

6. How First Presidency messages have changed over the last 10 years

President Thomas S. Monson, center, addresses the press with his counselors President Henry B. Eyring, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, right. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom.)

President Thomas S. Monson, center, addresses the press with his counselors President Henry B. Eyring, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, right. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom.)

One of our reporters set out to study the main messages from the First Presidency over the past 10 years and see what differences there were. Her results were were telling. Read it here.

5. 14 ways being Mormons is like being in Harry Potter

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Did we mention that Mormons love Harry Potter? We giggled when we saw the similarities between Mormon culture and Harry Potter. Read it here.

4. LDS conference one-sentence summaries of each talk

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This year, we began providing one-sentence summaries of each general conference talk. Review the October 2016 general conference here.

3. My top 10 LDS movies

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From “Meet the Mormons” to “The Singles Ward,” you know you are Mormon if you’ve seen these movies. Read it here.

2. Elder Mason Wells shares details about priesthood blessing after math of Brussels bombing

Elder Mason Wells was one of four LDS missionaries who were injured in the Brussels airport bombing on Tuesday, March 22. Wells has given multiple interviews with varying media outlets via Skype because he is unable to give face-to-face interviews because of the risk of germs. (Photo courtesy Kymberly Wells)

Elder Mason Wells was one of four LDS missionaries who were injured in the Brussels airport bombing on Tuesday, March 22. Wells has given multiple interviews with varying media outlets via Skype because he is unable to give face-to-face interviews because of the risk of germs. (Photo courtesy Kymberly Wells)

Elder Mason Wells one of four LDS missionaries injured at the Brussels airport bombings in March. He shared some of his spiritual experiences here. Also read, “From Boston Strong to Mason Strong, an insider’s look at how Elder Wells was built for survival,” a column from one of his old ward members.

1. 16 New Year’s Resolutions from the prophets

President Thomas S. Monson (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

President Thomas S. Monson (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

Using general conference talks as our main resource, we helped set your 2016 goals with the help of the auxiliary leaders of the Church. Read it here. Look for the 2017 installment coming New Year’s Day!

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