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April 28, 2017

First Line News Articles for Friday, April 28 2017

LDS News

Church cuts down on mailing costs, implements faster way to communicate with leaders worldwide

The Church has implemented a system that allows immediate communication by email from headquarters to ward and stake leaders worldwide. Now, when the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, or Presiding Bishop issues an official letter or notice, it is immediately emailed to local leaders worldwide.

20,000 and growing: Women on a mission

They’re young. They’re committed. They’re energetic. They’re fun-loving, faith-filled, and they comprise a force of nearly 20,000—most in the age range of 19 to early twenties. They are the “sister missionaries” of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – a little less than a fourth of the Church’s current missionary force of over 70,000.

Defending the Faith: An early reference to the First Vision

Some critics of Mormonism deny that any reference to Joseph Smith’s First Vision existed prior to 1832.

From Homeless Teen to RM and NFL First-Round Pick: How the Gospel Strengthens Garrett Bolles

At one point in his life, Garrett Bolles was living on the street; his only possessions were those wrapped in a plastic garbage bag. But now, Bolles is expected to become a multimillionaire this week as he’s projected to be picked in the first round of the NFL draft.

Do college campuses put students’ faith at risk? For Mormons, not so much

College gets a bad rap among some religious Americans. Campuses are thought to weaken personal faith, whether it’s because young people are free to sleep in on Sundays or because the secular, academic environment leads students astray.

Church is connected, committed to 36,000 Latter-day Saints in uniform

May is National Military Appreciation Month — so here are a couple of remarkable yet opposing military facts to consider.