5 online gems that will revitalize your scripture study

In the April 2017 general conference, then-President Thomas S. Monson invited every member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to read from the Book of Mormon every day. In a recent worldwide devotional for youth, President Russell M. Nelson built on this invitation. He said, “As you continue to read daily from […]

10 FHE lessons that will take your family outside this summer

Utah may be known for its snow, but summers here are pretty darn great too. Who wants to stay inside for family home evening when the mountains are calling? Here are 10 ways to teach gospel lessons to your family while enjoying the great outdoors, complete with links to Utah County JustServe service opportunities for your […]

LDS Church joins Governor Herbert’s efforts in teen suicide prevention

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has united with Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox to help prevent suicide and improve community health by joining the governor’s Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force. Gov. Herbert signed several bills into law on Tuesday, April 24. A good number of the […]

Temple update: 7 new temples announced, update on 182 current temples

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced seven new temples to be constructed around the world in the coming years. In 188th Annual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson shared locations for seven new temples: Salta, Argentina; Bengaluru, India; Managua, Nicaragua; Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; Layton, Utah; Richmond, Virginia; and a major city yet to be announced in Russia. […]

LDS Church announces open house, dedication dates for Rome Italy Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the open house dates for the Rome Italy Temple, which will begin on Jan. 28, 2019 and run through Feb. 16, 2019, excluding Sundays. Then the temple will be formally dedicated on March 10, 2019 through March 17, 2019. “The sacred ordinances performed in this holy temple […]

Utah-Tube: Orem couple shares big dreams in Disney mashup

Utah husband and wife duo Scott and Ryceejo Shattuck share big dreams in an adorable new Disney mashup. The barbershop quartet-styled music mashes Disney princess Tiana singing “Almost There” from “Princess and the Frog” with Simba’s “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from “The Lion King.” Filmed at the One Man Band Diner in Lehi, […]

Ideas for teaching children about the last week of Christ’s life

Easter can be a tricky holiday for Latter-day Saints. Traditional celebrations include the Easter Bunny, eggs, candy, Easter egg hunts and new clothes. Religious celebrations have nothing to do with these rituals, but instead focus on Jesus Christ and His atonement. It’s up to each LDS family to choose how to celebrate Easter. But if […]

LDS Church releases annual Easter video — but you’ve seen it before

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its annual Easter campaign on YouTube Thursday afternoon — but you may have seen the video before. For 2018, the LDS Church decided to return to its 2014 campaign, “Because of Him.” When the video was published in 2014, it garnered more than 5.2 million views […]

Pew Research finds Mormons most likely to get married out of religious American adults

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) lead the United States religions in the percent of adult members married, but religious association doesn’t necessarily mean marriage is a priority. A report by Pew Research Center says the percent of adults married in the U.S. varies widely across religions. While 48 percent […]

Countdown to conference: 10 ways to prepare

Believe it or not, general conference is just around the corner. And if it seems to you like it came faster than usual this year, you’re right — it falls on March 31 and April 1, which are the earliest possible dates for the conference that is always held during the first weekend of April. […]

Pleasant Grove father creates FHE app

In the 103 years since LDS Church President Joseph F. Smith instituted family home evening as a tradition in the Church, parents have done their best to “gather their boys and girls about them in the home and teach them the word of the Lord.” Some have been successful, others less so. But as Elder […]

LDS Church releases more than 50 discourses by Mormon women online

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made more than 50 discourses given by Mormon women available online for free, the LDS Church announced Thursday morning. The discourses — which were originally gathered and released in a book, “At the Pulpit:185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women,” last year — feature talks by […]

Four LDS missionaries injured in truck collision

Four young missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were injured in a collision with a truck on Monday evening. A man the missionaries had been teaching was driving the vehicle in the accident. The missionaries, who are serving in the Spain Malaga Mission, are stable and recovering but the man who […]

Mormon Tabernacle Choir announces 2018 Easter performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square will once again unite for the Easter season to present Handel’s “Messiah” in its entirety. The concerts will be held on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. MST in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. This time around, the choir welcomes four guest soloists: Amanda […]

What 5 U.S. presidents have said about the LDS Church

When Joseph Smith met with then-U.S. President Martin Van Buren in 1839, the interaction wasn’t great. LDS Church members had recently been forced out of Missouri, and Smith met with the president in pursuit of justice. President Van Buren’s response? “Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you. If I take up […]

Utah-Tube: Piano Guys cellist shares his love story through music

Steven Sharp Nelson, the cellist in the Piano Guys, shared why his love story is written in the stars in the group’s Valentine’s Day video. “I wish I could even portray, with music, what she means to me. I can’t. There’s just not music beautiful enough,” Nelson said. “However, I want to give it my […]

13 cringeworthy Mormon valentines for 2018

Since 2014, our annual cringeworthy Mormon Valentine’s Day cards have made internet scrollers near and far roll their eyes. But if we are all being honest, this cheesiness also makes readers chuckle in an “oi vey” way. UtahValley360 continues the tradition with 13 more cringeworthy Mormon Valentine’s Day card for another “oh goodness” holiday celebration. […]

Two LDS temples make Architectural Digest’s list of most beautiful places of worship

Architectural Digest recognized two LDS temples on its list, “The Most Beautiful Place of Worship in Each State.” Choosing one religious structure in each state to highlight, Architectural Design selected two of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ temples: Salt Lake Temple and Hartford Connecticut Temple. The Salt Lake Temple resides at the center of Temple […]

Covering the BYU fireside that turned into a frightening ordeal

It was a quiet Sunday evening in the newsroom of the Daily Universe on BYU’s campus. As the assistant sports editor, I was putting together the sports pages for Monday’s paper while other fellow editors were working on their own pages on Feb. 7, 1993. On the television screens, the BYU devotional, featuring President Howard […]

Mormon cosplay experience demonstrated in newly released ‘TREK’ trailer

Grab your handcart, “TREK” released its trailer earlier this week. For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Trek” tells a familiar story. “TREK” shares the adventures of Mormon teenagers on a ‘Mormon cosplay’ experience where the teenagers reenact a pioneer handcart journey. The story centers around Tom and his friends as […]

LDS Church announces five new missions, boundary changes for 19 missions

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced five new missions and 19 mission boundary changes on Thursday morning. In October, the LDS Church told members it would adjust the current 421 missions “to better fit the needs of each region of the world,” according to a press release. Now the Church will drop […]

LDS Church announces Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s new assignments

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared the specific assignments given to Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf following the reorganization of the First Presidency. Elder Uchtdorf’s new assignments include Missionary Executive Council, chair of the Correlation Executive Council and the primary contact for the Europe and Europe East Areas. When President Thomas S. Monson […]

What I learned when I had lunch with President Nelson

On the first Tuesday of this year, President Thomas S. Monson passed away. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced President Russell M. Nelson as its new president. And on a Tuesday afternoon in January eight years ago, my husband and I sat down to have lunch with President Russell M. […]

What comes next?: What to expect when the new prophet is sustained

With the passing of President Thomas S. Monson, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are at a crossroads. While members mourn the loss of their beloved prophet, they also look to the future of the Church. A major part of the Church’s immediate future is the sustaining of a new prophet. […]

Helpful resources for 2018 Priesthood and Relief Society curriculum

In late 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a change to the Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood Sunday curriculum. Starting this year, the “Teachings of Presidents of the Church” series will no longer be the core curriculum. Instead, quorums and auxiliaries will study primarily from the teachings of living apostles and prophets. […]

President Thomas S. Monson Dies at 90

President Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died on Jan. 2 at 10:01 p.m. in his home in Salt Lake City surrounded by his family. At the age of 90, he died of causes incident to age. Funeral arrangements will be announced later this week. The Church’s […]

10 New Year’s resolutions from the prophets for 2018

The Christmas decorations are put away, the gifts unwrapped, the holiday treats devoured. Now it’s time to turn over a new leaf, to set new goals, to start fresh. According to a recent report  by YouGov, the three most popular 2018 New Year’s resolutions are to (1) eat better, (2) exercise more, and (3) spend […]

Utah-Tube: Group of LDS musicians from Utah collaborate on #LightTheWorld video

A group of Utah musicians collaborated for a video that invites the world to “come and see” the Savior this holiday season. The group of six singers and two musicians sang an original song written by American Fork’s Sailiata Fano. Musicians included Spanish Fork’s Yahosh Bonner, Orem’s Jenn Blosil, Orem’s Bri Ray, Provo’s Madilyn Paige, […]