Despite long-standing tensions between the United States and Russia, LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson closed the last of the five sessions of the church’s semi-annual general conference in April by announcing plans to construct seven new temples around the world including the surprising announcement of a temple in Russia. Needless to say, the announcement came as a surprise to church members watching around the world.
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The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple has seen a lot since its dedication 18 years ago. The announcement of the temple at the October 1998 general conference came just months after President Hinckley’s announcement to build smaller temples. It was one of the initial 30 announced and was an answer to members’ prayers in an area where Church history dates back to 1841.
What We Know About the First Endowment in the Kirtland Temple and How the Endowment Changed Over Time
The Kirtland Temple endowment was central to the Lord’s purpose for bringing His Saints to Kirtland. Understanding varies, however, regarding what the Lord meant when He promised such a blessing. By tracing the thread of this promised endowment through the Kirtland period, it becomes evident that this great spiritual outpouring was not "the" endowment but only an outward manifestation that accompanied it.
Elder Uchtdorf and his wife, Harriet, participated in a special conference of the Moscow Russia Stake on April 22, 2018. The meeting was attended by about 700 Latter-day Saints, including Church leaders in the region. After the conference, Elder Uchtdorf was interviewed by historian, publicist, well-known journalist and editor in chief of the academic journal Science and Religion, Sergey Georgievich Antonenko.
"We are refreshing the building, but we are not taking away from the great work the original architects did."
Shawn Calvert seemed to exhale a bit Sunday after stepping outside the newly rededicated Houston Texas Temple. The low-key rededication ceremony signaled better days ahead for Calvert. For perhaps the first time in nearly eight months, he and legions of other hurricane-weary Mormons living in southeast Texas were catching their breath and looking forward.