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.
If your teenager thinks family history is for “old people,” these resources might have them changing their minds. Read it here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did we mention that Mormons love Harry Potter? We giggled when we saw the similarities between Mormon culture and Harry Potter. Read it here.
This year, we began providing one-sentence summaries of each general conference talk. Review the October 2016 general conference here.
From “Meet the Mormons” to “The Singles Ward,” you know you are Mormon if you’ve seen these movies. Read it here.
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.
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!