News Releases

Latter-day Saint Leaders Meet Ghana President-Elect

Elder Marcus B. Nash, First Counselor in the Africa West Area Presidency—a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in West Africa, and Elder Vern P. Stanfill, Second Counselor in the Area Presidency, presented President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo a letter from the Church’s First Presidency congratulating him on his recent election. 

Latter-day Saint Women Serve Children in Need

“We are going to do something extraordinary” stated Emma Smith in 1842, newly named president of Relief Society, the women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

LDS Charities Provides Relief to Buduburam Refugee Camp

Health care given to people living in the Buduburam Refugee Camp of the Greater Accra Region, improved dramatically due to equipment donations made by LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

“Light the World” Theme of Ghana Interfaith Christmas Festival

African melodies and traditions highlighted the Christmas Choral Festival Saturday evening, at the Christiansborg meeting hall in Accra, Ghana. Embracing the theme “Light the World,” musicians and speakers from varied circumstances, ethnicities and religious backgrounds united in a global effort to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and encourage people of all faiths to serve others during the Christmas season.

From Nigeria Mormon Newsroom

International Center for Law and Religion Studies Honors Retiring Nigerian

Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah recently conferred upon Adesina Olukanni the status of Fellow of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Olukanni resides in Lagos, Nigeria with his family and has retired as Africa West Area Director of Public Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Latter-day Saints Create New Stake in Liberia

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints assembled to participate in the creation of the first stake (a group of congregations) in Liberia on November 27, 2016 and in a cultural celebration on November 26 which commemorated the growth of the Church in that country.

From Mormon Newsroom (Salt Lake City)

Temple Square Visitors Help ‘Light the World’ during the Christmas Season

Thousands of people visit Temple Square in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City the day after Thanksgiving for the lighting ceremony every year.

Time-Lapse Video: Christmas Lights Brighten Temple Square

Millions of Christmas lights on Temple Square were turned on Friday, November 25, 2016, ushering in the celebratory season of remembering Jesus Christ's birth.

Church Launches ‘Light the World’ Christmas Initiative

A global effort to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and encourage people to serve others during the Christmas season is being launched by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The “Light the World” Christmas initiative will reach worldwide audiences from Friday, November 25, 2016, through January 1, 2017. 

The Global Gift of Gratitude

Conservative thinker Arthur C. Brooks opened an email one day containing feedback for his recent book. "Dear Professor Brooks," the message began, "you are a fraud." Though the correspondent proceeded to criticize every chapter of the new book, Brooks says his “dominant thought wasn't resentment. It was, 'He read my book!' And so I wrote him back … mostly just expressing gratitude for his time and attention."