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|Today The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently referred to by the media or friends of other faiths as "The Mormon Church") has over 15 million members in over 160 nations worldwide. Currently, 155 of its beautiful temples adorn sites in North, South, and Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and numerous islands of the sea. There are 22 other LDS temples that have either been announced or are under construction. The relief and humanitarian efforts of the Church have helped bless the lives of millions around the world, regardless of faith, as it follows the example of its Living Head, Jesus Christ. Sadly, The Church of Jesus Christ is still greatly misunderstood, and many myths and falsehoods still exist. We hope that this site will provide information to those who visit hoping to gain knowledge about Latter-day Saints (nicknamed "Mormons"), either on a given topic in Mormonism or simply about Mormons in general. Articles cover topics about such things as basic Mormon beliefs, Mormon doctrine, Mormon history and leadership, temple work, family life, Mormon literature, controversial topics, and Church organizations and humanitarian efforts.
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Om 6 October 2012, during the Saturday morning session of the 182nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson announced plans for a temple to be built in Tucson, Arizona - Arizona's second largest city.
The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth Mormon temple in Arizona, the home of approximately 416,000 Latter-day Saints, meeting in over 800 congregations. The other temples in Arizona are the Mesa Arizona Temple (1927), Snowflake Arizona Temple (2002), Gila Valley Arizona Temple (2010), Phoenix Arizona Temple (2014), and the Gilbert Arizona Temple (2014). The Mesa Arizona Temple presents an Easter pageant every year that attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Cactus plants at the Tucson Arizona Temple site were transplanted to an on-site nursery and reintegrated into the final landscaping.
The Tucson Arizona Temple is larger than the Gila Valley Temple and smaller than the Phoenix Temple. The two-story, 34,000-square-foot mission-style building includes a dome-shaped cupola reminiscent of the famous dome that crowns Italy's Florence Cathedral.
The temple will serve approximately 33,000 members who make up the eight stakes in the Tucson area - from Sierra Vista, Wilcox, Avra Valley, Marana, Oro Valley to Nogales.
The site for the Tucson Arizona Temple is in the Catalina Foothills, where East Ina Road curves into Skyline Drive.
History of the Church in Tucson, Arizona
Latter-day Saints first entered the area that is now Tucson in the winter of 1846 as part of the Mormon Battalion which was organized to help in the Mexican-American War. The trails they blazed across Arizona had started in Iowa and ended in California and ultimately became the “highways” for people headed west throughout the 1800s. Thirty-three members of the Battalion returned and settled in what is now Arizona. More members of the Church arrived in 1873, having been sent from Utah to establish settlements in Arizona. In 1899, Nephi and Jacob Bingham settled in the Tucson area near the Rillito River, and they named the colony Binghampton. Gradually, more members of the Church settled in the area, and the first branch in Tucson was formed in 1910. The first stake in the area was formed in 1956.
In 1912, Latter-day Saints who had settled in Mexico also relocated to Arizona, and 15 years later, Arizona’s first temple was dedicated in Mesa. In 1973, Arizona native Spencer W. Kimball became the 12th President of the Church and served until his death in 1985.
The Tucson Arizona Temple is anticipated to serve members from the following ten stakes: Marana Arizona Stake, Sahuarita Arizona Stake, Sierra Vista Arizona Stake, St David Arizona Stake, Tucson Arizona Stake, Tucson Arizona East Stake, Tucson Arizona North Stake, Tucson Arizona Rincon Stake, Tucson Arizona South Stake, and Tucson Arizona West Stake. A final determination will be made before the temple is dedicated.
On Saturday, 17 October 2015, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Tucson Arizona Temple. Services were broadcast live to area meetinghouses in English and in Spanish. Attendance at the ceremonies was by invitation only, however, the public was invited to view the proceedings live from local meetinghouses.
Open House Announced
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that a free public open house for the Tucson Arizona Temple will begin on Saturday, 3 June 2017, and continue through Saturday, 24 June 2017, except for the Sundays of 4, 11, and 18 June 2017.
Cultural Celebration and Temple Dedication
The cultural celebration will be held Saturday, 12 August 2017. The temple will be dedicated the following day on Sunday, 13 August 2017, in three sessions at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The dedication will be broadcast to members of the Church in Arizona. The three-hour block of meetings will be canceled for that Sunday for those congregations to enable members of the Church to participate and focus on this sacred event.
Humanitarian Aid Updates
|Mormons Provide Humanitarian Aid Around the World
Following the admonition of the Master who taught, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40), members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints actively engage in the service of their fellowmen in many areas of the world.
The service that they render is not limited solely to Latter-day Saints in need, but rather they stand ready, willing, and able to “lift up the hands which hang down, and [to stable] the feeble knees” (Hebrews 12:12) of anyone in their hour of need. Thus, as they perform their unselfish acts of service, the words found in the text of King Benjamin’s sermon as recorded in The Book of Mormon resonate with them. Said King Benjamin, “And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another” (Mosiah 4:21).
The Church of Jesus Christ Humanitarian Programs
LDS Humanitarian Services is a branch of the Welfare Services department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The organization’s stated mission is to relieve suffering, to foster self-reliance for people of all nationalities and religions, and to provide opportunities for service.
Throughout its history, The Church of Jesus Christ has always provided for those in need and is perhaps best known for taking care of its own members. In 1842, Joseph Smith organized the Women’s Relief Society, with a primary focus to provide “relief” to suffering members and an ultimate vision of aiding all people. During the Great Depression, the Church organized a welfare program, now administered by the church's Welfare Services Department, to help provide for the needs of its members.
To help as many people as possible, the Church has established various humanitarian projects which operate throughout the world. These programs include LDS Charities, Helping Hands, and LDS Philanthropies. The Church also maintains the Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, which was established in 1991 to “prepare humanitarian supplies for use worldwide and train those desiring to develop employable skills to become self-reliant.”
The Members' Role in Humanitarian Work
The Savior taught, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). We show our love for one another when we are willing to follow the admonition of the Lord to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and those in prison. We are also taught that we are to visit the fatherless and the widow in their afflictions. In his timeless sermon, King Benjamin exhorted the people, “For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?” (Mosiah 4:19).
Members can get actively engaged in humanitarian efforts in several ways. One way that members can become involved is through service in their local community. Service in the community can include things such as cutting a neighbor’s lawn, washing a neighbor’s car, offering to run errands for an elderly person or someone who is otherwise unable to do so themselves, or babysitting for a neighbor. Service in the community might also include taking part in projects that benefit the community. Members should also seek to build community relations by being actively involved in community service projects that may be spearheaded by people of other faiths, or if they identify something that would benefit the community that has not been addressed, they should take the initiative to bring about a solution. No matter how a person chooses to serve his community, and no matter how small the service may seem, the service alone will say myriads about that person and his or her faith.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ, in the October 2011 General Conference, stated:
- Too often we notice the needs around us, hoping that someone from far away will magically appear to meet those needs. … When we do this, we deprive our neighbor of the service we could render, and we deprive ourselves of the opportunity to serve.
Another way that a member can be involved in humanitarian efforts is by donating to the Humanitarian Aid Fund. Donations can be made through a local ward or branch of the Church by filling out a Tithing and Other Offerings slip and indicating the amount on the “Humanitarian Aid” line, mailing a check, or donating online through the Humanitarian Services Giving section of the LDS Philanthropies website. Donations to the Humanitarian Aid Fund allow the Church to help people throughout the world by providing relief and ultimately helping them to become self-reliant.
There are also many members who become actively engaged in community service or helping with relief efforts during natural disasters and catastrophes by volunteering to be a part of the Mormon Helping Hands. The Mormon Helping Hands is a program of The Church of Jesus Christ, under the direction of the Priesthood, which provides community service and/or disaster relief for those in need. The service that is rendered by the Helping Hands helps to establish the name and reputation of the Church by dispelling some of the misconceptions about the Church, and proving that Mormons are Christians who are willing to give of their time and service for the good of the communities in which they live.
Church of Jesus Christ Humanitarian Initiatives
Emergency Response is the part of the LDS Church’s humanitarian efforts of which most people are aware. Funds and supplies in this area are used to help victims of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, droughts, tornadoes, and hurricanes, as well as other disasters such as wars or political unrest. Supplies in this area are gathered and stored before a crisis so supplies can be sent within hours of an emergency. Volunteers are also on call so they can be reached and organized within a few hours if needed. The LDS Church is renowned for its ability to organize its members in various regions of the world to respond to emergency and facilitate distributing goods immediately after a crisis, often before aid programs such as the Red Cross or the Salvation Army come to assist. In 2008, the LDS Church responded to 124 disasters in 48 countries.
Wheelchair Distribution is another church program crucial to helping those in need. Studies estimate that only one percent of the disabled in the world have wheelchairs. For the rest, being without a wheelchair means adults cannot provide for themselves or their families, and for children it often means not being able to attend school. By providing wheelchairs to those in need, the church hopes to help people become more self-reliant which is an important tenant of LDS beliefs.
The Clean Water Service provides clean water and wells to people who otherwise would most likely contract deadly diseases because of the dirty water. It is estimated that one billion people lack clean water. The clean water program is designed to partner with local community agencies to provide sustainable clean water.
The Neonatal Resuscitation program sends doctors and volunteers to areas where infant mortality rate is high. They are able to teach people in the area how to resuscitate newborns as well as provide simple medical equipment. This service is greatly needed as it is estimated that nearly 1 million newborns die each year due to birth difficulties. Up to 10% of newborns have breathing difficulties.
The Vision Treatment Training program teaches facilities and medical personnel in developing countries how to treat preventable or reversible blindness. There are 37 million people in the world who are blind, and up to 75 % of blindness is treatable. The vision care program works with local vision health care centers to help treat and prevent blindness for the poor.
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Joaquín Esteban Costa : General Authority Seventy
Joaquín Estaban Costa was born on 8 March 1965, in Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina, to Graciela M. Fassi and Eduardo J. Costa. He was baptized in 1988 after beginning to date Renée Beatriz Varela who had served as a missionary in Chile. They dated for another year after he was baptized, and were married in the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple on 29 September 1989. They are the parents of two sons and two daughters.
He received his Bachelor Degree in Economics from Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1987, and his Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University in1994. He has worked in the banking industry in his native Argentina, the Czech Republic, the Sultanate of Oman in the Middle East, and for a multinational investment banking and financial services corporation (Citibank) in Chicago, Illinois. At the time of his call as a General Authority Seventy, he was working in Lima, Peru, with MAJ Invest, a Danish investment firm. His duties focused on microfinance.
Elder Costa has served in several callings in the Church including Bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, counselor in a mission presidency, High Council member, and Area Seventy. He was serving as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South America Northwest Area when he was called as a General Authority Seventy. He was sustained as a General Authority Seventy during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Annual General Conference on 2 April 2016.
Below is Elder Costa's message given during the Sunday afternoon session of the 187th Annual General Conference on 3 April 2017 in English and Spanish.
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Featured Mormon Artist
The Gardiner Sisters from North Carolina are no strangers to the music business. They have been performing and creating music since their childhood. Hailey (22), Allie (20), Mandi (19), Lindsay (15), Abby (12), and Lucy (6) come from a family of entertainers. There are also two brothers in the family, Ben (11), and Tim (8), who don’t enjoy singing as much as their sisters but are still supportive.
Mandy, Allie, and Hailey began their music journeys at ages 6, 7, and 8 respectively, being taught three-part harmony by their mother. According to their official website:
- Singing harmony is second nature to Gardiner Sisters. They come from a family of entertainers that love the universal positive influence of music. Though each has a recognizable solo voice, it is hard to beat the unique blend that comes from sister’s voices.
For the past five years they have been creating and uploading videos of covers and original music to their YouTube channel (established 8 December 2007 with currently 597,826 subscribers and more than 72 million video views) which has open doors of opportunity for them to collaborate and release their wonderful music to audiences in both the United States and Canada, including performances at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Their genre of music includes Pop, A Cappella, and Contemporary music. In 2012, their cover of One Direction’s "Kiss You" which has garnered more than 6.3 million views, became their first viral video.
The Gardiner family are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their family motto is, “If you work hard and put the Lord first, you can do anything you set your mind to.” The sisters have taken that motto to heart. In a 2 September 2014 Deseret News interview, Hailey commented, "We dedicate ourselves to trying to be the best people we can first, the best sisters that we can first, and then hopefully that will translate over into our music."
The sisters attribute their success to the love and support of their parents who have always believed in their dream and have instilled in each of them a love for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a spiritual perspective. Hailey told Deseret News:
- I think in the industry what they say is it takes seven 'no’s' to get a 'yes'.
- Well, we've had about 700 'no's' and still waiting for that 'yes.' But our parents have always been there, and they’ve told us if you want this you can have it, you just have to put the work in, and if you are putting the Lord first and working to glorify him and move his work forward, he'll help you and he'll magnify your efforts. And we truly believe that.
The Gardiner Sisters continue to make videos of original songs, as well as, covers from Disney love songs to Colbie Caillat and One Republic. Their original music can also be found on iTunes. If they feel that a song contains any lyrics that are questionable, they will choose not to cover that particular song. They also choose songs that are uplifting and have a positive message because they realize the impact that they can have on their audience.
The last sentence of their bio on their YouTube channel sums up the sisters' objective as far as their music is concerned:
- We hope to uplift and inspire those who listen to our music and watch our videos. Our dreams of sharing positive, upbeat songs with our signature harmonies are made possible by all those support our independent endeavors.
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