The great Devin Thorpe is in the house!
In case you were living under a rock, the Rome Italy Temple was dedicated over the weekend, and coverage within the Latter-day Saint news realm was wall to wall. President Russell M. Nelson dedicated the temple and was present with all members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a first abroad.
President Nelson also met with Pope Francis, the first time the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has met a pope. Nevermind that President Eyring already met the pope many years ago. Hal has it going on! Enterprising and sarcastic Mormons also made this meme:
Also, Elders David A. Bednar and Ronald A. Rasband gave a video tour of the temple, the first time a video has been produced during an open house. It’s a GREAT video. Give it a watch below.
Keeping with our Catholic friends, a Latter-day Saint teacher in Utah got into hot water for forcing a Catholic student to clean his forehead – on Ash Wednesday. Latter-day Saints don’t do much for Ash Wednesday, but other Christians revere it, as it marks the first day of Lent, and the ash is to serve as a reminder that “dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.” Anyway, the teacher got in trouble. Imagine if someone did something similar to Mormons!
Other huge news of the past week is the Church deciding to move on from the lds.org domain. Lds.org has been around since the late 1990s and the Church has built its entire online presence around it, so this is no small shift. But what’s behind it?
In related news, the Associated Press has finally decided to adjust its style guide as it pertains to references to the Church, recognizing the Church’s ongoing efforts to de-Mormonize everything.
We also have some, uh, weird new missionary safety training videos that spoof sports commentary shows. Your results may vary, but Geoff was uncomfortable with it and openly said he wanted to punch the hosts.
Also in missionary news, two volunteers in Russia were arrested and are now to be deported. Anecdotal reports from the Rostov Mission suggest entire areas are shutting down for fear of raids by local authorities. Things are not good in Russia.
A slew of other temple news awaits you: open house and dedication dates announced for the Lisbon Portugal Temple; groundbreaking announced for the Quito Ecuador Temple and Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple; and mothers with dependent children can now be temple workers, and patrons can use cell phones to print ordinance cards!
Perhaps most important, Peggy Fletcher Stack touched Elder Bednar’s hair.
in my one-on-one interview w/ LDS apostle David Bednar on Wed, I asked him what hair gel he used, since his coif is always impeccable. “None,” Bednar replied. “You want to touch it? He tipped his head so I could see. Yep, gel-free. https://t.co/GOSjUSrlKT
— Peggy Fletcher Stack (@religiongal) February 28, 2019
Read this amazing piece in the Deseret News by Charlie Bird, better known to most of you as Cosmo the Cougar. He decided to come out as gay, asking if everyone who loves Cosmo’s antics would love him the same if they knew who he was. It’s a wonderful piece, and good on Deseret News for carrying it.
Lastly, check out our new column, “Latter-day Saint Video Vault,” where Jared Jones goes over random old Church movies, starting with Cipher in the Snow.