EP 493 – The Socially Distant Temple

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One new temple breaks ground and another loses its president to COVID, children of divorced parents can bein two wards, and new youth theme!

Welcome to the proceedings this week! The TWiM Sisters™ are here with the very best of Latter-day Saint news from the past few weeks (because last week was an awesome interview).

As is their wont, the Sisters have plenty of recaps about Love in the Time of COVID. Arianne attends her first in-person Relief Society activity in months. Tiffany deals with kids in school. Tiffany’s daughter returns from her mission!

The Church has announced a new online system for temple prayer rolls, which is a wonderful step forward in allowing individuals to get names in needs in the temple, particularly given how difficult it is to do so in person at present.

In other temple news, the Orem Utah Temple is officially underway after an invite-only groundbreaking, the president of the Birmingham Alabama Temple dies of COPVID-19, the man who broke into the Logan Utah Temple has been ordered to pay for the damages, and work continues on the Salt Lake Temple renovation, COVID or no COVID.

Hey, so how about BYU! Football has started again, if you care. Aside from that, the Daily Universe reached out to descendants of BYU building namesakes as well as early Utah slaves speak out about the movement to rename buildings on campus.

BYU-Pathway has reached unprecedented levels of success during the pandemic, resulting in an invaluable education opportunity for returned missionaries.

Children of divorced parents may now have records in multiple wards or branches. This may seem like something that would have existed in the past, but it wasn’t, and now it is! This will allow kids split across two wards to hold callings and be involved at equal levels.

The Church has also announced the Youth Theme for 21. It’ll be so excellent!

In other news, RootsTech, the huge genealogy conference, will be online and open to everyone in 2021. Probably a good move regardless of the necessities of a pandemic.

The Young Women General Board now has three new members!

Poet Carol Lynn Pearson has a new book. Let us discuss.

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