Top 10 LDS stories on UtahValley360 in 2015

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As we come to the end of 2015, we are taking a look back at all the things we’ve reported on for the LDS Church this year.

We’ve covered a lot – from temple open houses to humor stories — and we’e learned a lot too. Here are 10 of the most-visited LDS stories on UtahValley360 in 2015:

10. “20 crazy Church history facts that seem impossible, but aren’t

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These 20 unsuspected facts had us wondering what else we don’t know about the LDS Church’s history.

9. “10 successful Church programs that were discontinued (or changed)

The Jacob Spori Building stood on the Ricks College campus, but was destroyed in a fire and subsequently rebuilt. (1988 photo via public domain.)

The Jacob Spori Building stood on the Ricks College campus, but was destroyed in a fire and subsequently rebuilt. (1988 photo via public domain.)

From Ricks College to the adoption services provided by the Church, we were surprised at the changes, as were you.

8. “24 awkward interactions Mormons have with everyone else

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As a peculiar people, we had fun pointing out some quirks Church members have, especially when it comes from the eyes of a non-member.

7. “5 revealed truths about Heavenly Mother

(Photo courtesy LDS.org Media Library)

(Photo courtesy LDS.org Media Library)

In 2015, the LDS Church published a number of updated pages on lds.org explaining Church doctrine and history. One of the topics clarified was about Heavenly Mother, so we put together a short, readable list about what the Church has said.

6. “5 LDS Church resources that will be obsolete in 5 years

The Church recently approved electronic method to submit tithes and other charitable contributions. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

The Church recently approved electronic method to submit tithes and other charitable contributions. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

With technological advancements and the LDS Church being progressive, we listed five Church resources that will slowly fade away until they are extinct.

5. “10 power-house businesses owned by Mormons

Nu Skin

Nu Skin is one of the Mormon-owned businesses we highlighted.

Mormons seem to be everywhere, which doesn’t exclude the business world. Once we realized this, we decided to list a few of the successful businesses owned by Mormons.

4. “6 things to look for at the Payson Utah Temple Open House

The Payson Utah Temple opened (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

The Payson Utah Temple was dedicated on June 7, 2015. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

After touring the Payson Utah Temple in April, we put together a list of details to look for while touring the open house. Look for coverage of the Provo City Center Temple beginning in January.

3. “Top 10 states with the most Mormons

(Chart by Natalie Rosenlof)

(Chart by Natalie Rosenlof)

Looking at the percentage of LDS members to the state population, we listed the top 10 states with the highest percentage of Mormons in the state’s population.

2. “15 more cringeworthy Mormon Valentine’s Day cards

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It’s become a yearly tradition for our staff to brainstorm some of the most ridiculous LDS-themed Valentine’s Day cards we can come up with, and we are glad you love them too. Look for another round of cringeworthy Mormon Valentine’s in February 2016.

1. “15 New Year’s Resolutions from the prophets

Elder Holland speaks at general conference. (Image courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

Elder Holland speaks at general conference. (Image courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

Using general conference talks as our main resource, we helped narrow down goals from the brethren to 15 potential New Year’s resolutions. We did it again this week with “16 New Year’s Resolutions from the prophets for 2016.”

Also read our “Top 10 feature stories in 2015” and “Top 5 sports stories in 2015.”

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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