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President Monson invites support for General Missionary Fund
With the great increase in the number of new missionaries - many coming from modest means - President Thomas S. Monson invited members to donate generously to the missionary fund.
"As you know," said President Monson during the Saturday morning session of General Conference on April 6, "in the October general conference I announced changes in the ages at which young men and young women might serve as full-time missionaries, with the young men now being able to serve at age 18 and the young women at 19.
The response of our young people has been remarkable and inspiring. As of April 4 — two days ago — we have 65,634 full-time missionaries serving, with over 20,000 more who have received their calls but who have not yet entered a missionary training center and over 6,000 more in the interview process with their bishops and stake presidents. It has been necessary for us to create 58 new missions to accommodate the increased numbers of missionaries.
To help maintain this missionary force, and because many of our missionaries come from modest circumstances, we invite you, as you are able, to contribute generously to the General Missionary Fund of the Church."
Frances B. Monson, Wife of President Thomas S. Monson, Passes Away
Frances B. Monson, wife of Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away at 6:35 a.m. this morning in a Salt Lake City hospital surrounded by family. She had been hospitalized for several weeks and passed away peacefully of causes incident to age. Sister Monson was 85 years old. Funeral arrangements are pending. Full Story
Ukrainian Woman Blessed to Attend LDS Business College
In her young life, Irina Kabdygaliyeva has lived in three countries, learned to speak three languages and stood at the confluence of major events in Church history in Eastern Europe. Full Story
Polishing Diamonds in the Rough
The Lord has his hand in drawing clear distinctions between the four Church universities and college - what they do, who they serve, and how they serve. He then brings those individuals to the appropriate institution, one by one - just as He ministered on earth - based on their capabilities and possible covenants made before coming to mortality. He brings them for developing skills, chipping off the rough edges, and polishing until they "become a smooth shaft in the quiver of the Almighty," as Joseph Smith said. The brilliance of the College's history comes from the stories of these diamonds in the rough. Full Story
Church Donating 400,000 Trees in Haiti
In a continued effort to help Haitians following the 2010 earthquake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and friends are planting 400,000 trees in Haiti, with nearly 25,000 planted on 1 May 2013. Another 75,000 trees are scheduled for planting by year's end. Full Story